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
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.
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