Millennium Cell Inc. (Eatontown, NJ) announced that an agreement has been signed with European automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën (Paris, France) to provide prototype hydrogen-on-demand fuel systems for evaluation and integration into electric-powered vehicles. The initial stage of the agreement calls for PSA Peugeot Citroën to purchase the fuel systems, with delivery early in 2002. Following successful evaluation and integration efforts, a joint development agreement is anticipated.
"PSA Peugeot Citroën has taken a very practical approach to bringing the fuel cell vehicle to market using its existing battery-powered taxi. We believe our hydrogen-on-demand fuel system provides important range-extending technology in a very compact package that no other hydrogen-storage alternative can provide," said Rex Luzader, Millennium Cell vice president, business development for transportation and hydrogen-fuel infrastructure.
"We believe that fuel cell technology will assume a major role in the automobile industry," said Pascal Hénault, PSA Peugeot Citroën vice president, automotive research and innovation. "In order for that to happen, development of a robust hydrogen fuel system to feed the fuel cell is critical. We are eager to begin collaborating with Millennium Cell to integrate the hydrogen-on-demand technology into our electric vehicles, and are at this point enthusiastic about the possibilities that the technology offers for the clean, safe, on-board generation of hydrogen without sacrificing range or performance."