Fuel Cells for Cars Invented in Canada

Ballard Power Systems of Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, invented a fuel cell that was practical and was used in the manufacture of a fuel cell car made by Daimler Chrysler. The car was introduced publicly on March 17th 1999 in Washington, DC, USA. The car was named NECAR 4, a five seat vehicle based on a Mercedes A Class car. The fuel cell used liquid hydrogen, which created electricity and water, as well the fuel cell could use methanol or suitable refined gasoline. Giving the car a 280 mile (450 km) range of travel between refuelling.

      March 17th 1999
      Ballard Power Systems
      Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada

For More Information:

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