John Deere to Produce Fuel Cell Work Vehicle

Company to develop demonstrator fuel cell Pro-Gator in cooperation with Hydrogenics.

Published: 24-Dec-2002

MOLINE, IL, December 19, 2002 - Deere Company has teamed up with Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Hydrogenics Corporation to develop to develop a technology demonstrator fuel cell-powered Commercial Work Vehicle (CWV). Deere presented its plans for the CWV, a modified John Deere Pro-Gatorâ„¢ Utility Vehicle, last week at the Electric Transportation Industry Conference and Exposition in Hollywood, Florida.

"This vehicle will serve as a technology guide as John Deere moves forward with electrification of its products," said Bruce Wood, director of the company's ePower Technologies group, which plans to test the fuel cell-powered CWV at demonstration sites across the U.S. starting in the spring of 2003.

According to Wood, Deere also plans to make current products more energy efficient and increase performance. The company will investigate product improvement opportunities such as advanced battery technologies, diesel- and gasoline-hybrid electric technologies and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.

Deere demonstrated two electric technology products developed by the company at last week's conference in Florida - its prototype gasoline-electric zero-turning radius lawn tractor and its currently available electric-powered E-Gatorâ„¢ Utility Vehicle. Wood noted that Deere & Company intends to apply technology developed and demonstrated on smaller-scale turf care products to larger equipment in the future.

The company believes electrification will add benefits such as significant efficiency gains, improved performance through integrated power management, flexible vehicle architecture, lower emissions, simplified manufacturing and service to their products. No specific timeline for the widespread use of electric vehicle has been cited by Deere.

"Electrification will enable our products to have significantly reduced emissions and noise levels with improved efficiency and sustained high performance," said Wood.
Off-road equipment provides the best opportunity for Deere to commercialize large numbers of electric vehicles, according to Wood. It is likely that the implementation of electrified off-road equipment will become a reality before electric and hybrid-powered cars hit the mainstream because off-road equipment most often is managed as a fleet with centralized fueling and service.

For more information on John Deere's environmentally-friendly business pursuits, visit www.deere.com/en_US/compinfo/envtsafety/.

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