Extreme E and AFC Energy Unveil Pioneering Hydrogen Fuel Cell System for 2021 Championship
Extreme E and AFC Energy will today unveil the Hydrogen fuel cell power system that will be used to sustainably charge the Championship's ODYSSEY 21 electric SUVs in its inaugural season of racing.
The AFC Energy designed and built system will highlight to Extreme E's global audience the vast potential for today's newest clean power technologies to displace polluting diesel generators, to which a large quantity of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed.
Engineered to withstand some of the world's harshest environmental conditions, AFC Energy's specially modified fuel cell system will power vehicles across five continents in Extreme E's first season, including race locations in the Arctic, Amazon Rainforest, Sahara Desert and the heights of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina.
Following six months of collaborative engineering with Extreme E's utilities team, the fuel cell system has undergone a month of intensive commissioning in January at AFC Energy's Surrey assembly facility, alongside battery management systems and vehicle charging infrastructure testing. Following inspection by its Engineering team, it is now set for handover to Extreme E's logistics team for shipping to the Season's first race in Saudi Arabia.
“Hydrogen fuel cell charging in the world of motorsport is truly ground breaking, and Extreme E is the first event of its kind to utilize this technology,” said Alejandro Agag, founder of the Extreme E series. “Extreme E’s vision to use motorsport as a platform to introduce new technologies, such as fuel cell technology, to support this goal is to be congratulated and AFC Energy is very proud to be associated with such a landmark initiative.”
Following the unveiling, AFC Energy will move to the integration and delivery of Extreme E’s upstream green hydrogen fuelling solution which will be delivered to the championship over the forthcoming months.