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A Hybrid Electric Fuel Cell Minibus: Drive Test

Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “Nicola Giordano”, National Research Council of Italy, Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse 5, 98126 Messina, Italy
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2016, 8(1), 131-138;
Published: 25 March 2016
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Meeting the worldwide energy demand for the present and future transportation systems with the least impact on the environment is a big challenge. In the i-NEXT (Innovation for greeN Energy and eXchange in Transportation) project a Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicle (FCHEV) minibus for people transportation has been implemented. This paper reports some preliminary test drive. The vehicle architecture has been developed considering that, both recharge time and autonomy of a purely electric vehicle are operational limits, and the fuel cell technology is able to enhance these parameters. An electric engine with lithium ion batteries and a 20 kW Fuel Cell System characterize the vehicle. The test drive has been carried out in Capo d’Orlando municipality (Sicily) allowing the acquisition of key data.
Keywords: HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle); mobility; EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle); ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle); Fuel Cell HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle); mobility; EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle); ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle); Fuel Cell
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Andaloro, L.; Micari, S.; Napoli, G.; Polimeni, A.; Antonucci, V. A Hybrid Electric Fuel Cell Minibus: Drive Test. World Electr. Veh. J. 2016, 8, 131-138.

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