John Deere tries out fuel cells

Deere & Company is working with Hydrogenics Corporation to develop a fuel cell-powered Commercial Work Vehicle.

Deere & Company is working with Hydrogenics Corporation, a Canadian fuel cell manufacturer, to develop a technology demonstrator fuel cell-powered Commercial Work Vehicle (CWV).

Deere shared its plans for the vehicle at this week’s Electric Transportation Industry Conference and Exposition in Hollywood, Florida. The demonstration vehicle will be based on a modified John Deere Pro-Gator Utility Vehicle.

A Pro-Gator was selected as a demonstration vehicle because the company felt it was the best platform to display the fuel cell technology.

‘This vehicle will serve as a technology guide as John Deere moves forward with electrification of its products,’ said Bruce Wood, director of the company’s ePower Technologies group, which plans to test the fuel cell-powered CWV at demonstration sites across the US starting in the spring of 2003.

The demonstrator vehicle used the Hydrogenics HyPM-LP2 fuel cell module, a fully integrated power generator that requires only hydrogen fuel to produce electrical power.

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