Delphi & Bosch Both See Fuel Cell Commercialization Another Decade Longer

It will take at least a decade further out than originally anticipated, Tier One parts suppliers say

Published: 16-Jan-2004

January 15, 2004 7:44 PM GMT (Datamonitor) - At a recent conference, both Bosch and Delphi [DPH] suggested that it would take at least a decade longer than previously thought to bring fuel cell technology into mass production. Nevertheless, manufacturers and parts suppliers are increasingly committed to the project, making fuel cells the likeliest replacement for internal combustion power.

The search for an alternative fuel to petrol and diesel has been ongoing for many years. Several potential replacements have been mooted, most notably Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which have both made in-roads into the fuel market. Yet the true successor to petrol was always expected to be electricity.

Vehicle manufacturers and parts companies have been focusing on a way to generate electricity efficiently within the vehicle, which is both cheap to produce and environmentally friendly. The fuel cell has been the subject of intense research in the last decade and is likely to be the eventual successor to the combustion engine. The fuel cell generates electricity through combining hydrogen and oxygen, with the only emission being water.



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