This $3 million project is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and includes project partners FedEx Express, Plug Power and Smith Electric Vehicles. The resulting hybrid vehicles will be powered by lithium-ion batteries and a 10-kilowatt Plug Power hydrogen fuel cell system.
“We think that this range extender provides the added distance and quick refueling capabilities needed to really grow this market,” said Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO. “Plug Power’s expertise in the materials handling market is an ideal base on which to build this technology. We thank the DOE for selecting us and look forward to working with our partners to help this market take off.”
Through successful trials and execution with FedEx Express, Plug Power will display how its range extender solution increases delivery fleet efficiency to over 50% coupled with an approximately 35 to 40% decrease in fuel expenses, when compared to diesel trucks.
Source: Plug Power Inc.