Driving the World’s First Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle

There’s a new hydrogen vehicle in town: a 2016 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle. SERC will use this state-of-the-art vehicle, on a three-month loan from the Hyundai America Technical Center Station, as an education, outreach, demonstration, and testing tool for zero emission vehicle (ZEV) planning projects in the North State region of California.

These projects, funded by the California Energy Commission, include planning for hydrogen fueling infrastructure, working with local municipalities and key stakeholder groups to facilitate deployment of hydrogen fueling infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles, and conducting public education and outreach activities to promote these efforts.

The vehicle made its North Coast debut last month at the ZEV Ride and Drive Event at the Arcata Community Center. Along with our long-running Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid vehicle, it was used as a shuttle for people attending Arcata’s 42nd Annual North Country Fair.

SERC research engineer Jerome Carman poses in front of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle.

SERC research engineer Jerome Carman poses in front of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle.

In addition to outreach events, SERC engineers will also collect and analyze driving and fueling data from the HSU Hydrogen Fueling Station to determine the vehicle’s performance under the driving conditions characteristic to our unique geographic and climatic region here in Humboldt County.

To learn more about the vehicle, come to the Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, October 24 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. The vehicle will be on display from 10am to 2pm, and SERC engineers will be available to answer questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

About Greg Chapman

Greg is a graduate of the Environmental Resources Engineering program at Humboldt State University. His primary responsibilities at SERC are the design of in-house fuel cells and bench testing of commercially available fuel cell materials. He is currently project manager for the development of a hydrogen fueling station at HSU. He has also led SERC’s work on the development of a high-pressure hydrogen PEM electrolyzer. Greg's past work at SERC has been focused on hydrogen system design and fabrication for fuel cell demonstration projects. He was responsible for the installation of the hydrogen systems for the SunLine Transit, Schoolhouse Peak and the University of Michigan projects. Prior to attending HSU, Greg served for six years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School and spent four years in San Diego on a nuclear-powered submarine as a steam plant operator. Following his enlistment, he worked as a process control board operator and shift supervisor at an independent oil refinery in Los Angeles.