250

Table 2: Summary of Specifications - NECAR I and NECAR H

Table 2: Summary of Specifications - NECAR I and NECAR H

The vehicle has been operated for many thousands of kilometers on test tracks and public roads with no major problems. The fuel cells have consistently and reliably provided the full 50 kW for which they were designed. The load is evenly shared from cell-to-cell and stack-to-stack. Adéquate power is available to give satisfying performance even from a cold start, and the dynamic response is excellent

Concluding Comments

The program to develop an automotive fuel cell stack and demonstrate it in a passenger vehicle has succeeded. There is clearly still much to be done in advancing the technology, establishing the required infrastructure, assimilating fuel cell vehicles in production lines of automobile manufacturing companies, and getting it into the hands of consumers. Notwithstanding these challenges, the rapid advancements made in areas where there are justified objections to new technologies for ultra-low and zero-emission vehicles, and the absence of any technical barriers during development are continuing evidence that PEM fuel cell technology may indeed be the route to meeting our society's objectives towards clean mobility.

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