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Fall 1999



HEV Team Demonstrates Fuel Cell Passenger Car


Virginia Tech's Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team demonstrated one of the first U.S. passenger cars powered by a fuel cell this summer at the 1999 FutureCar Challenge. The fuel cell, often described as a battery with a fuel tank, uses hydrogen to produce electricity and helped the team win the award for lowest emissions.

Competing teams convert a mid-sized auto into a highly fuel-efficient vehicle with ultra-low emissions, but with high comfort and driveability. Participating teams were selected from a pool of about 40 applicants by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Council for Automotive Research (USCAR).

Virginia Tech took second place overall in this final year of the Challenge. During the four years of competition, the team won first place twice and second place twice.

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

Last Updated, October 15, 1999
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