High-performance hydrogen vehicles
Such are the benefits of PEM fuel cells that they are also well suited to high-performance vehicles. Indeed, in a project firmly focused on the sustainable future of high-speed endurance racing, Red Bull Advanced Technologies is collaborating on the design of the chassis concept for the next generation of hydrogen-fuelled cars planned for the 2024 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most famous endurance race. As part of the project, Red Bull will bring its Formula 1 expertise in aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, simulation technology and energy recovery optimisation to the project. Plastic Omnium, experts in hydrogen-based fuel cell technology, will supply of the hydrogen fuel tank set for use in the racing prototype.
An FCEV prototype is also being developed for the London Ambulance Service as part of the NHS’s aim to be the world’s first net zero national health service. The project is being led by ULEMCo, a global pioneer of technology that enables commercial vehicles to convert the fuel they run on to include hydrogen. The design incorporates a hydrogen fuel cell range extender with an electric drive, low frame chassis and bespoke lightweight ambulance body that ensures that the overall weight of the vehicle can meet the payload requirements of the service.
A hydrogen fuel cell is the powertrain of choice for the ambulance because it provides both the range and vehicle availability needed for emergency response.