Electric Vehicle With A Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Range Extender?
The fuel cell vehicle gets re-imagined with this SILENT-F direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) range extender.
Per Green Car Congress:
“Researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences (Jülich Campus) are building and testing a light transport electric vehicle using a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) as a range extender.”
In the image above, the fuel cell range extender is mounted on the vehicle. The caption states that a “plastic cover serves temporarily as protection from the rain.”
The DMFC project kicked off in 2013. Eventually, the target is to ready the range extender for real-world tests. SILENT-F, the test vehicle, is “based on a commercially available vehicle for in-house transport or municipal use,” according to Green Car Congress.
More details (unfortunately not in English) can be found in this 2-page SILENT-F PDF.
Our question to you is whether or not methanol is preferred over hydrogen in an application such as this range-extending fuel cell?
Source: Green Car Congress