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Welcome to the West Coast’s Hydrogen Highway! Hydrogen Road Tour 2009 brings the future to reality along the 1,700 mile route between San Diego, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia between May 26th and June 3rd, 2009.
The caravan offers the public an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with hydrogen fuel cell technology as a viable energy source for passenger vehicles and buses, as well as off-road and portable power supplies. The nine day road rally invites the public to learn about hydrogen technology and test drive participating fuel cell vehicles. The participating vehicles will stop at 28 locations along the I-5 corridor.
The 2007 Daimler “F-Cell” FCV can comfortably seat four passengers. Hidden underneath the under floor of the vehicle is the entire fuel cell system and accompanying 2.8 kg hydrogen tanks. Unlike other bulky alternative-energy vehicles, there is no lost space in the passenger or luggage areas.
Reaching maximum speeds of 90 miles per hour, this vehicle has a 167 mile range. It boasts 89 horsepower, 10,000 PSI and 145 ft – lb torque.
General Motors’ fully functional crossover fuel cell vehicle, the 2007 Chevy Equinox, offers 100 mph maximum speeds. It also boasts an ability to start and operate reliably in sub-freezing temperatures. It has 94 kW of maximum power, and a maximum torque of 236 lb – ft.
However, due to its engineering, the Equinox is not expected to last for more than 50,000 miles of use. Its range is 150 miles on 4.2 kg of hydrogen.
One of the world’s most loved automakers, Honda has a long history of environmental technology advancement. This dedication was manifested in late 2002, when Honda leased the first government certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for daily commercial operation. The City of Los Angeles proudly used the first five FCX’s in daily City Government business. Honda holds another important first, having supplied the first fuel cell vehicle leased to an individual.
Honda’s award-winning 2009 FCX Clarity combines typical Honda efficiency with an advanced design and fuel cell power system. The hydrogen tanks hold 3.9 kg. A compact, high torque drive motor enables the vehicle to quickly accelerate with 189 lb – ft. torque and maximum speeds of 100 miles per gallon. It can start in temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit and is one of the few fuel cell vehicles practical for real-world use.
It has a 240 mile range, maximum power of 100 kW and a fuel economy of 60 city / 60 highway.
The Hyundai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Program has yielded success in the 2009 Hyundai Tucson FCEV. Having overcome challenges in range, efficiency and climate, the Tucson is the result of immense research and development at Hyundai’s Eco-Technology Research Institute in Korea.
Considered one of the most commercially viable fuel cell prototypes, the 2009 Tucson FCEV has a 221 mile range and a maximum speed of 97 mph. The tank holds 3.6 kg. Power tops at 100 kW and torque leads out with a top limit of 300 Nm.
The 2009 Kia Borrego FCEV is still in the development process. With a design based on the current gasoline Borrego model, the FCEVs are undergoing testing in the US and Korea. This automobile marks a major advancement for Kia’s fuel cell vehicle development.
The Borrego boasts an impressive range of 426 miles and max speeds of 100 miles per hour. Torque is measured at 300 Nm and power peaks at 110 kW. The tank holds 7.9 kg.
Nissan is very concerned about the current state of the environment and has taken many steps to protect the world and its resources. The 2005 Nissan X-Trail offers a 310 mile range with max speeds of 93 miles per hour. 280 Nm of torque combines with 90 kW of power to get the X-Trail up and moving. A sporty design adds to the Nissan’s appeal.
The 2008 Toyota FCHV is the culmination of 80,000 miles and 18 months of testing on the streets of California and Japan. The FCHV has been leased limitedly in the US and Japan since early December 2002. This luxury style automobile offers the smooth, quiet ride so desired by commuters.
A consumer could expect to travel the FCHV’s 491 mile range at speeds up to 96 miles per hour with a tank capacity of approximately 6 kg. Power and torque max out at 90 kW and 192 lb – ft respectively.
Drive fully emissions-free in the super-silent 2008 Tiguan Hymotion. Offering 134 horsepower and top speeds of 93 miles per hour. Accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour takes only 14 seconds.
Installed in the trunk space, the battery does not affect the available interior space of the automobile. The 700 bar hydrogen tank is beneath the floor of the rear bench seat and cargo area, and holds up to 3.2 kilograms of hydrogen.