Hyundai Motor Company is joining forces with DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Peugeot-Citroen to test and evaluate the performance of a new high pressure hydrogen storage system for fuel cell vehicles.
Dr Kwon Moon-Sik, Executive Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group, which is spearheading Hyundai's research into alternative fuelled vehicles, said: "We compete but we also co-operate."
The results of the evaluation will be used to build a database which will be reviewed by world standardisation committees for high pressure hydrogen systems.
The new fuel storage system will store compressed hydrogen on board vehicles at pressures of up to 700bar facilitating the design of fuel cell vehicles with a driving range that is comparable to that of petroleum-powered vehicles.
Current hydrogen fuel storage prototypes use 350bar pressure limiting the vehicles’ operating range. Increasing the pressure to 700bar poses new technical and standardisation challenges. A co-operative effort among the world's leading car makers will pave the way for establishing a global basis for standards for a 700bar storage system.
The evaluation project is being managed by Canada's Powertech Labs and the assistance of Kokan Drum of Japan. The project will be completed by January 2004.
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