JRM Vol.26 No.4 pp. 515-517
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2014.p0515

Development Report:

pico-FCV: Small Single-Operator Electric-Vehicle Using 20 W Hydrogen Fuel Cell Developed for Mechatronics Education

Yoshihiko Takahashi, Masayuki Tomike, and Takahiro Hirayama

Department of Vehicle System Engineering, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, 1030 Shimo-Ogino, Atsugi, Kanagawa 243-0292, Japan

October 14, 2013
June 14, 2014
August 20, 2014
small electric vehicle, hydrogen fuel cell, mechatronics education, ecology system
pico-FCV: small fuel cell EV
A small, single-operator electric-vehicle using a 20 W hydrogen fuel cell, named pico-FCV, was developed for educational purposes. The design of the pico-FCV will promote student interest in environmental concerns. The project provides students with practical experience in mechatronics subjects such as mechanical design, electric circuit design, and programming. This paper will present the design and experimental results of the pico-FCV. The designed pico-FCV was able to run 2.7 km only using 5 l (0.5 g) hydrogen.
Cite this article as:
Y. Takahashi, M. Tomike, and T. Hirayama, “pico-FCV: Small Single-Operator Electric-Vehicle Using 20 W Hydrogen Fuel Cell Developed for Mechatronics Education,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.26 No.4, pp. 515-517, 2014.
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