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Automotive development

Fuel Cell Technology and Applications

Current fuel cell propulsion systems

AFC fuel cell systems

  1. V. Hacker,
  2. K. Kordesch

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974001.f311102

Handbook of Fuel Cells

Handbook of Fuel Cells

How to Cite

Hacker, V. and Kordesch, K. 2010. Automotive development. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .

Author Information

  1. Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


Alkaline fuel cells were the best performers in the initial decades of fuel cell development. In the past two decades a rapid change has taken place and many groups have stopped developing alkaline fuel cell systems. From the few remaining groups ZeTek was the only one to produce small series of stacks and prototypes of hybrid vehicles. The prototypes demonstrated that, in practice the alkaline fuel cell is well developed, simple to operate and is inexpensive to manufacture. The uses of alkaline fuel cells are still uncertain. The article gives an overview of the system packaging and operation of alkaline fuel cells when installed as on-board chargers for mobile applications. The main driving force for application of alkaline fuel cells for electric vehicles in future will be the cost issue.


  • alkaline fuel cell system;
  • fuel cell propulsion systems;
  • electric vehicles