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DOE Issues Request for Information on Fuel Cells for Continuous On-Board Recharging for Battery Electric Light-Duty Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from the research community and relevant stakeholders about fuel cell technology validation, commercial acceleration, and potential deployment strategies for continuous fuel cell rechargers on board light-duty electric vehicle fleets.

All-electric light-duty vehicles with fuel cell range extenders for commercial fleet vehicles could potentially have comparable or better performance than internal combustion engine propulsion systems or battery electric vehicles. Electric drivetrains may also be able to take advantage of the benefits of batteries for delivering power and fuel cell systems for energy storage and peak power needs.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the technical and economic feasibility of commercializing fuel cell range extenders for battery electric vehicles. This RFI specifically requests technical information as well as information on vehicle makes and models that are the most feasible for an after-market modification to extend the vehicle range using a fuel cell system.

For details, see the RFI announcement DE-FOA-0001145 or email questions about the RFI to with "question" in the subject line. RFI responses must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on August 7, 2014. This RFI is not a funding opportunity announcement; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications for funding regarding this topic at this time.