ICELAND RECEIVES TEN MORE FORD FOCUS FUEL CELL CARS
Ten Ford Focus Fuel Cell Cars will be integrated into the traffic in Reykjavik from Monday 14th of December 2009. The goal is to further test customer acceptance and endurance of the fuel cell technology.
Icelandic New Energy (INE) has been acting as a facilitator to integrate hydrogen as a fuel into society since1999. They see electro-mobility as a natural extension of the local energy infrastructure, which runs entirely on renewable energy. It is certainly very important in a country that has been highly dependent on the import of fossil fuels.
INE say that the recognition of Iceland’s experience, research and skills in handling hydrogen is the key reason for Ford continuing testing the durability and further enhancement of mapping customer acceptance in Iceland. Shell Hydrogen in cooperation with Skeljungur have kept a commercial hydrogen refueling station running for 6 years, with >98% uptime in the last 2 years. This achievement along with trained researcher and maintenance staff for both vehicles and infrastructure makes Iceland an extremely attractive location for hydrogen and fuel cell testing. Two Ford vehicles have already been in use in Iceland providing good experience.
These additions will make the total Icelandic hydrogen vehicle fleet the largest one in Europe with 22 H2 vehicles in service in Reykjavik.
More details can be found at the Icelandic New Energy website
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