HEV Team Demonstrates Fuel Cell Passenger
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
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.