It was "All aboard!" yesterday in Lemgo. The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) visited the OWL University campus with hydrogen cars. Many among the large crowd of students took the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL (from the CEP partner Air Liquide) or the Toyota FCHV-adv and take a look under the vehicles’ bonnets.
The drivers were amazed at how quiet the vehicles were and especially praised the dynamic acceleration of the environmentally friendly electric cars – which generate their power from gaseous hydrogen in on-board fuel cells. They also learned about the theoretical side: as part of the Future Energies colloquium, Claudia Fried and Peter Wundt gave a lecture on “Electric mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells: State of development in the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP),” elaborating on a number of background questions concerning hydrogen mobility. The next CEP Campus Days take place on 10 May at the TU Berlin (as part of the Long Night of Science) and on 20 May at the TU Chemnitz.
The Honda FCEV Concept has drawing crowds over the past last few months at major motor shows across the world, in Los Angeles, Detroit and Geneva. As part of the Clean Energy Partnership booth at the Hannover Messe (Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries, hall 27, booth B73), the futuristic concept study can now be viewed for the first time in Germany. The FCEV Concept provides a hint of what to expect from Honda's next generation fuel cell electric vehicle, which will be introduced in the U.S. and Japan from 2015, then launched on the European market from early 2016.
Driving a zero emission fuel cell electric vehicle does not have to result in any compromise in terms of driving pleasure, something visitors to the fair in Hannover can find out for themselves: In the Ride + Drive area in front of hall 27, they can get behind the wheel of a fuel cell car and take them for a ride in the 15,000 m2 outdoor grounds. In addition to the Honda FCX Clarity, the Audi Q5 HFC, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL, the Opel HydroGen4, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell and the Toyota FCHV-adv can also be test-driven. Refuelling is carried out on the exhibition grounds at the 'trailH2gas' mobile filling station provided by the CEP partner Linde. There will be public demonstrations of a vehicle being refuelled with hydrogen gas three times a day (at 11:00, 14:00 and 17:00). It takes only minutes to fill the tank - much like conventional refuelling.
It is night, a great storm comes. The wind turbines are turning fast - electricity production is in full swing! But why is the couple sleeping calmly, while the neighbour couple suddently starts to vacuum, do the laundry and iron in the middle of the night? See for yourself...
You can find CEP´s new onlinefilm on YouTube: http://youtu.be/31WJP73Ew4k