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Europe: Danish EV with fuel cells has 500 mile driving range

Often when we talk about range extending technologies in electric vehicles, it is based upon the assumption that a gasoline powered engine will be behind helping to go longer distances.

What if a more environmentally friendly biofuels option could be used instead? That’s the idea behind the MECc, Modular Energy Carrier concept, currently under development by a mix of Danish companies.

MECc, which recently got funding support from the Danish government, is envisioned to “develop a clean, simple and competitive range extender for battery electric vehicles based on bio-methanol fuel cells” as the alternative to gasoline.

Bio-methanol, known also as methyl alcohol, is seen as a green synthetic fuel alternative that, while not entirely zero emissions, is much closer to that ideal than fossil fuel choices. The US government sees some value in this as an alternative, funding a project last year to test market capabilities of methanol fuel cells.

The entities behind MECc are basing this fuel cell supported vehicle on the QBEAK electric car (see video below), which is a planned EV offering by ECOmove reportedly said to debut in Denmark this fall. 

Fuel Cell Today reports the MECc concept will have six “energy slots” that “contain either a battery, a fuel cell, or a methanol tank, allowing the on-board energy storage to be adapted to different needs.”


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