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Polymer electrolyte membrane hydrogen fuel cell as range-extender

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Technology Description

Same as PEM fuel cell, but sized to only provide range extension to the battery electric powertrain.

Relevance for Net Zero

For electric vehicles (EVs), fuel cell technology represents a complementary solution to reduce dependency on batteries. The need for critical Li-ion battery materials would be alleviated (at the expense of an increased demand for platinum). Various range-extended fuel-cell EVs have been introduced (and many discontinued) in vehicle markets across different segments. Many light commercial vehicles and medium-freight trucks sold in China are, in fact, fuel-cell range extended EVs.

Key Countries

Japan, Korea, North America

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