Chrysler Joins Fuel Cell Partnership, Announced EcoVoyager
Nov. 30, 2007: Source – PR Newswire
Chrysler will unveil the ecoVoyager concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January.
Chrysler announced that it will become the newest member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, an organization aimed at promoting vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The group is comprised of automakers, energy companies, and government agencies, all committed to the same goal. Chrysler becomes the 34th member of the initiative, joining fellow car manufacturers Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, and its own former corporate sibling, Daimler.
"Of the fuel sources on the table for long-term future use in transportation, hydrogen holds the greatest promise," said Mark Chernoby, Chrysler’s vice-president of advance vehicle engineering. "Collaborations such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership will help engineers develop solutions for this technology at an accelerated rate."
By joining the partnership, Chrysler is showing an increased commitment to bringing hydrogen-powered vehicles to the road—and to complying with California’s strict emissions standards. Most analysts predict that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will not be widely available for ten years or longer.
In related news, Chrysler will unveil the ecoVoyager concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January. This hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is a sleek, four-door, four-passenger car which utilizes an advanced lithium-ion battery pack, along with a small, hydrogen fuel cell that serves as a range extender. The result is a vehicle with a travel range of more than 300 miles that emits only water vapor at the tailpipe.