The Fuel Cell Forklift in the Road

Fuel-cell makers see industrial vehicles as a stepping stone to hydrogen cars

Published: 23-Mar-2004

hydrogen-powered minivans, sport-utility vehicles and compact cars still 10 to 20 years away from mass production, some players in the fuel-cell industry are turning to less mainstream markets for a near-term lift.

Forklifts, to be precise.

At least three Canadian fuel-cell companies see forklifts, stackers and other heavy industrial vehicles as a natural fit for non-polluting fuel cells, well before hydrogen-powered cars will be ready to hit the streets in significant numbers and at a reasonable cost.

They believe forklifts could be an important stepping stone to the broader commercial introduction of clean-burning hydrogen cars, which will ultimately reduce reliance on oil and production of gases blamed for global warming.



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