Fuel Cell Vehicle System Components

The objective of the project is the research on of low-cost components for fuel cell (FC-) systems and electric drive systems which can be used in future hybridised FC-vehicles (medium term objective) and ICE vehicles.

a European commission
funded project coordinated
by Daimler AG

Project partners - OEMs

PSA (France)

visit website Peugeot Citroën Automobiles (PCA) is the legal structure within the Group PSA Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) is in charge of  vehicle development and manufacturing operations.

PSA Peugeot Citroen is a world-class automobile manufacturer with about 5.8% of the global market, (N°6) and is Europe’s No. 2 carmaker with a market share of 15.4 %, selling more than 3,28 million vehicles world-wide in 2003.
PSA Peugeot Citroën comprises two volume carmakers, Peugeot and Citroën, each with its own identity, marketing drive and global ambitions. The Group also includes an automotive parts manufacturer, Faurecia, a transport and logistics company, Gefco, and a number of automotive financing companies grouped under the umbrella of Banque PSA Finance.
At January 1, 2004, PSA Peugeot Citroën had 200,000 employees worldwide. In 2003, the Group recruited 15.200 people.
Innovation plays a vital role in PSA Peugeot Citroën’s growth policy. The Group has invested heavily to foster the development of new ideas in automotive styling, concepts and technologies. This strategy has already produced numerous tangible achievements. More than  2,25 billion € was spent on Research and Development in 2003, 17.000 engineers and technicians are involved in R&D. Innovation means being able to quickly bring to market a wide range of products that meet customer requirements in terms of quality and safety while respecting the environment.

PSA Peugeot Citroën is the first car manufacturer in the world to have introduced electric cars to its production line. Today, more than 11.500 vehicles (passenger vehicles and light delivery vans) are built and sold to customers (fleets and private persons).
PSA Peugeot Citroën has been developing fuel cell technology for more than 30 years and participates in many European research programs, such as HYDRO-GEN, FUERO, FUEVA and STORHY. It is also active in French programs such as PREDIT and projects backed by the French Government.
The introduction of fuel cell vehicles on the market represents an important challenge for a car manufacturer and will take several years of development time.  Technical developments, enhancements and cost reduction are necessary in order to develop a saleable fuel cell vehicle.
PSA considers that the first step is an urban electric hybrid vehicle. There are greater advantages for this new technology in terms of reduction of the local emissions in city areas. Moreover, no hydrogen network will be available out of the cities before a long time. PSA have demonstrated its approach on several concepts with Peugeot : Taxi PAC, H20 and Quarck. All these concepts have a common balance between a high capacity battery and a small power fuel cell. This concept of vehicle is well suited for city usage and has the advantage of a much lower vehicle components cost.

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