Methanol Fuel Cell Start-Up Eyes Electric Car Range-Extender Market

Oorja's fuel cells, which cost about $16,500, are currently used by its customers to power fork lifts.

Published: 30-Aug-2009

SAN FRANCISCO -- A fast-growing Silicon Valley start-up firm is aiming to put its methanol-based fuel cells in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars.

Oorja Protonics, which sells its fuel cells to Nissan Motor Co (7201.T), is working to have a product that can be used as a range-extender in pure electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, Chief Executive Sanjiv Malhotra said in an interview on Friday.

"We would have something in 18 to 24 months," Malhotra said, adding that the company is working "very aggressively" on such a range-extending fuel cell.

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