Powertrain engineering firm AVL choose the Austria Tec Week (PDF warning) at Expo 2010 Shanghai to debut its Fuel Cell Commuter (FCC), a high-tech electric vehicle with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender. At first glance, the FCC looks like nothing more than a multi-passenger golf cart sporting a large black tank in the rear, but looks can be deceiving. The FCC features an on-board hydrogen fuel cell system that generates electricity to function as a range extender for the vehicle's battery pack. AVL believes that its fuel cell setup will be a true time saver with increased functionality compared to battery-only designs, stating:
The substantial advantage of the AVL Fuel Cell Commuter (AVL FCC) is its continuous availability due to the significantly reduced charging time: refueling with hydrogen only takes a few minutes, while compared to that, charging a battery takes a few hours. These time savings become possible with a small fuel cell in the range extender.
Of course, AVL makes no mention of the possibility that owners could be inconvenienced in their search for a hydrogen supply, nor does it note pricing or specs for the FCC.

[Source: AVL]

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At the Austria Expo Shanghai for the first time

AVL Fuel Cell Commuter combines the advantages of range extender and fuel cell


At the Austria Tec Week within the scope of Expo Shanghai 2010, AVL presents an electric vehicle with a fuel cell range extender. The substantial advantage of the AVL Fuel Cell Commuter (AVL FCC) is its continuous availability due to the significantly reduced charging time: refueling with hydrogen only takes a few minutes, while compared to that, charging a battery takes a few hours. These time savings become possible with a small fuel cell in the range extender. This future-oriented technology in the AVL FCC is the result of a research project conducted in conjunction with Tongji University, which is supported with financial means from the climate fund.

AVL Fuel Cell Commuter (AVL FCC)In the long term, the international automotive industry is aiming at environmentcompatible, sustainable mobility, which is to be achieved with CO2-neutral energy sources. Besides hydrogen, this also includes bio-fuels as well as "green" power as part of a future energy vector. As a reliable partner of the automotive industry, AVL supports this intention with the development of highly efficient drives using these energy sources.
Battery laboratory opened

In China, the demand for electrification of vehicles is high. At the AVL Shanghai Tech Center, a state-of-the-art battery laboratory with testing equipment, simulators and associated automation systems was opened recently. Therewith,
in the area of battery development, the company takes another step towards electrification of the powertrain. With this laboratory, AVL will be able to increasingly offer the customers services directly on site.

AVL has been engaged in successful business activities in China for more than three decades. The first project with a Chinese customer started in 1974 and in 1987 the first AVL office opened in Beijing. At present, AVL in China has around 250 employees.

AVL is the world's largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large
engines. The high-tech company AVL employs 4.300 people worldwide. Turnover in 2009 was 590 million Euro.


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