Dual Fuel Cell Power System for Electric Vehicles

Year : 2024 | Volume :11 | Issue : 01 | Page : 10-19

C. Armenta -Déu

  1. Professor Facultad de Ciencias Físicas. Universidad Complutense de Madrid Madrid Spain


The paper introduces a new power system for electric vehicles (EVs), consisting of a dual fuel cell pack, enhancing the EV performance and improving the energy rate. The power system topology consists of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC), which powers the vehicle, and an auxiliary Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC), which supplies energy to an electrolyzer for hydrogen production and services the electric vehicle ancillary equipment. The hybrid power system optimizes the energy use, increasing the driving range rate from an average value of 7.68 km per liter of fuel tank in available commercial fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to 12.09 km/L in our prototype; this value applies for any tank size. Increasing the energy use performance leads to extending the driving range from 650–756 km for the available commercial models to 960–1215 km for the same commercial models equipped with the proposed power system. The driving range extends 400 km, meaning a 58% increase on average.

Keywords: Electric Vehicle; Fuel Cell; Energy Improvement; Driving Range Extension; Performance Optimization

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Received April 23, 2024
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