Zero Emission Vehicles
In the past, multiple types of fuels have been used to power vehicles. In the beginning of motoring history, electric cars were also available. At this moment, multiple resources are used to power a vehicle; petrol, diesel, bio-fuels, natural gas, electricity and hydrogen. The developments in recent decades made us realize how important a sustainable solution for mobility is. Fossil fuels are getting scarce, expensive and are polluting our planet.
New, potentially more sustainable systems have been developed over the years, among which the hydrogen fuel cell. Forze is considering hydrogen as one of the future solutions to power vehicles, but realises this technology is suited for many more applications like powering our homes. Leading car manufacturers like Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Hyundai are developing fuel cell cars and started selling them in 2015. Many more manufacturers are investigating fuel cell technology as well and are expected to bring fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) to the market soon. Many European countries are investing in hydrogen filling station networks to accommodate these cars. Germany is a perfect example, aiming for 100 hydrogen refueling stations in 2020. But outside of Europe, hydrogen is gaining even more momentum. Japan for example aims to have 40,000 FCVs on the road and 150 operational hydrogen refueling stations by the same year. Moreover it plans to have entire buildings of the Olympic Village powered by hydrogen fuel cells during the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Today though, hydrogen fuel cell race cars are very rare. Forze is the only student team working with high power automotive fuel cells worldwide.