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QBREAK Electric Car To Get Methanol Fuel Cell Range Extender

The basic range-extended model will have a 2.5 kW air-cooled, high-temperature PEM fuel cel and biomethanol fuel tank.

Published: 03-Jul-2012

A consortium of Danish companies is working to develop an innovative, range-extended electric vehicle that uses biomethanol as an energy carrier. The ModularEnergyCarrier concept (MECc) project has just been granted funding from the Danish government.

The project is developing a completely-rethought electric car with high market potential due to a competitive price and specifications that can be adapted to the user’s individual requirements. This flexibility is delivered by the use of methanol-fuelled fuel cells as range extenders.

The concept car (top) is based on the QBEAK electric car, now in the final phase of development by ECOmove. The car essentially has six ‘energy slots’ distributed through the vehicle structure. These slots can each contain either a battery, a fuel cell, or a methanol tank, allowing the on-board energy storage to be adapted to different needs. The basic range-extended model will have a 2.5 kW fuel cell and tank occupying two slots, but the modular design means that more fuel cell plus tank modules can be added if longer range is required by the customer. The project partners say that the car will have a range of at least 800 km.

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