|Zap to Develop Fuel Cell BicycleZapworld.com today announced an agreement with Enable(TM) Fuel Cell Corporation, the wholly owned subsidiary of DCH Technology, Inc. (Amex: DCH), to develop an electric-assist bicycle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.|
According to ZAP and DCH/Enable(TM), the goal of the relationship will be the introduction of the world's first commercially available fuel cell powered electric bicycle. The joint development partnership is scheduled to introduce its first units by 2002.
DCH/Enable said it would demonstrate a prototype of an entirely new fuel cell for the bicycle application at the ZAP shareholder meeting, June 16 in Sebastopol, California. The new fuel cell incorporates aspects of DCH's higher-wattage fuel cells with the compact packaging of Enable's portable family of fuel cells. This unique power pack has more than twice the power density of previous portable Enable designs.
Hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity from hydrogen and oxygen with the only by-product being emissions in the form of water vapor.
"After evaluating the market, we believe an electric bicycle is the most practical near-term application of fuel cell technology," said ZAP CEO Gary Starr. "ZAP has always tried to be a leader in bringing new 'Zero Air Pollution' vehicles to market and we look forward to working with DCH/Enable to make fuel cell bicycles a reality."
"ZAP provides us with a strong channel to a potentially huge market for fuel cells -- viable, low-cost personal transportation," said DCH President and CEO John Donohue. "We are also excited in that ZAP is the kind of innovative company that looks for unique ways to engage the public with new ideas and technologies, which is very much in step with our own vision."
In May, ZAP announced a joint venture with Voltage Vehicles to develop, design, manufacture, and distribute a full line of new personal electric vehicles as well as ZAP's current line of electric vehicles, including a new neighborhood-class electric car that will be unveiled at ZAP's shareholder meeting on June 16. Voltage Vehicles was recently acquired by Advanced Wireless Systems of Scottsdale, Arizona.
DCH Technology ( http://www.dcht.com ) is a leading innovator of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen specific safety and measurement equipment.www.zapworld.com
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