Fuel cell hybrid electric cars to be showcased at COP15 in Copenhagen  

2009.01.23
Copenhagen municipality is spending DKK 14m to convert 15 pure electric cars into hybrid vehicles equipped with Danish-designed fuel cells that run on hydrogen produced from wind energy
In December this year, all eyes will be fixed on Copenhagen as the city hosts the all-important 15th UN Climate Change Conference (COP15), at which the world's nations are set to hammer out a successor to the Kyoto Protocol in a blaze of international publicity.
 
The event gives Copenhagen an unprecedented opportunity to highlight its ambition to become a global centre of environmental innovation and Copenhagen municipality is grabbing its chance to shine by putting DKK 14m (USD 2.4m) of taxpayers' money into converting 13 Norwegian Think! electric cars and two French Aixam Mega electric cars into hybrid vehicles equipped with Danish-designed fuel cells that run on hydrogen produced exclusively from wind energy. The news is reported by professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).
 
The big advantage of a fuel cell hybrid electric car is range. While a pure electric car can only manage a modest mileage on a full charge, restricting their use to commuting and local runabout purposes, a fuel cell hybrid can cover hundreds of extra kilometres by using its hydrogen-powered fuel cell to continually recharge the batteries while the vehicle is in use, at the same time producing only water as exhaust.
 
Naturally, the cost of Copenhagen municipality's re-engineered fuel cell hybrid cars will be vastly higher than the cost of the original vehicles. However the purpose of this project is not to focus on cost but to focus attention, especially from EU grant-providing agencies, on supporting hydrogen technology to enable its widespread uptake and thus bring costs down to competitive levels.

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