Since the Norway Hynor hydrogen highway project has come to a close, proving the concept that hydrogen autos can indeed traverse steep elevation changes and extremes in temperature what’s the next step?
A new initiative called the H2moves Scandinavia is designed to help both promote hydrogen autos and the building of the hydrogen highway system particularly that which connects Scandinavia to the ambitious H2 Mobility plan in Germany and seeks to have hydrogen refueling stations and commercial hydrogen autos in place by 2015.
Part of this plan involves rolling out two Alfa Romeo MiTo fuel cell vehicles, 10 Mercedes B-Class F-Cell vehicles and five H2 Logic electric autos with fuel cell range extenders.
I’ve already talked about the Mercedes FCVs at length and I’ll talk about the H2 Logic vehicles another time. What I would like to talk about now is a different vehicle. In the past, I haven’t had many details about the Alfa Romeo MiTo Fuel Cell autos, until now.
According to the press release, “The Alfa Romeo MiTo Fuel Cell auto uses a Nuvera Fuel Cell stack combined with a compact Li-ion traction battery pack to supply power to the electric motor; this allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers in 10 sec, with hydrogen consumption of 3.2 liters diesel equivalent/100 km (74 mpg US) and a range of 450 kilometers (280 miles) in NEDC, thanks to 700 bar H2 tanks.”
Having an Italian automaker such as Alfa Romeo develop fuel cell vehicles is still another sign that Europe is serious about the building out of its hydrogen highway system. Last Friday I had talked about the development of hydrogen fueling stations along the Brenner Motorway between Italy and Austria.
This just shows that Europe is on the move when it comes to hydrogen fueling infrastructure development while the U. S. keeps muddling along at the same pace and falling behind the Europeans in this important alternative energy transition for the near future.