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Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128191569

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

1st Edition

Technology and Designs

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Authors: Robert Steinberger-Wilckens Thomas Von Unwerth John Jostins
Paperback ISBN: 9780128191569
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 352
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Table of Contents

  1. Sustainability, Energy, and Mobility
    2. State-of-the-art
    3. Case study: The MicroCab Concept of a Lightweight Vehicle
    4. Designing and Building Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
    5. Drive Train Components
    6. Fuel Cell Technology
    7. Vehicle Batteries
    8. Drive Train Components
    9. Fuel system: Hydrogen tanks
    10. Case study: Toyota Mirai product knowledge
    11. Safety when working on FCV’s
    12. Market Introduction and Infrastructure


Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: Technology and Designs provides an overview of the current state-of-the-art, with detailed insights into the design and concept of electric fuel cell vehicles down to single components. It considers the role of FCEVs for sustainable mobility and explores the most recent developments in the field, looking into the steps involved in designing and building those vehicles, including drive trains, batteries, fuel systems, fuel cell technology, safety, market introduction and commercial deployment. Throughout its chapters, the book presents case studies, examples, problems and exercises that allow better understanding of the applied aspects of each topic.

This is a useful technical reference for junior engineering and energy researchers, as well as practicing engineers, looking to design and develop technology for FCEVs. Masters and PhD students specializing in energy technologies for vehicles in general, and FCEVs in particular, and final year engineering undergraduates, can use this as an introductory textbook. It can also be used as a core reference in university and industry courses on this topic.

Key Features

  • Provides firm theoretical background on aspects involved in the design, development and deployment of energy technology for fuel cell electric vehicles
  • Offers a comprehensive overview of technology applications, including case studies, real-life examples, problems and exercises
  • Presents insights on future applications of fuel cells technology in vehicles and their market and infrastructure aspects


Engineering and energy researchers, and practicing energy engineers looking to design and develop technology for fuel cell and fuel cell hybrid vehicles. Masters and PhD students, and final year engineering undergraduates. Faculty and instructors in university and industry courses. Energy consultants, policy makers and entrepreneurs


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About the Authors

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens is Professor for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen research in Chemical Engineering. He is director of the research Fuel Cell and Hydrogen group and the Centre for Doctoral Training Fuel Cells and their Fuels, which is run by the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Loughborough, Imperial College, and University College of London. He works and has worked in many areas across the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency, fuel cells, hydrogen production and distribution, as well as electric vehicles. Currently, his main areas of interest include Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, high temperature electrolysis (SOE) and reversible fuel cells (SOC) with methane synthesis, intermediate temperature polymer fuel cells, and market introduction of fuel cells and fuel cell vehicles. He has a total of over 200 publications in journals, books, and conference proceedings and is a regular peer reviewer for a large number of journals, as well as international funding programmes and publishing houses. He is member of the strategic advisory bodies for EPSRC, the EU Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, and the European Fuel Cell Forum. Professor Steinberger-Wilckens coordinates the modules Conventional Energy and Renewable Energy and Energy Storage for 2nd Year students and the module Introduction to Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies for 4th Year and CDT students.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research, Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

Thomas Von Unwerth

Head, Department of Advanced Powertrains, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany Professor Thomas von Unwerth is in charge of the Department of Advanced Powertrains at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Chemnitz University of Technology. He is also a lecturer at the University of Hannover. After finishing his mechanical engineering studies at TU Dortmund University, he obtained his PhD at the same institution and went to work in the industry. During that period, Prof. von Unwerth was director of two fuel cell projects at Volkswagen, after having worked there for several years as development engineer for fuel cells.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head, Department of Advanced Powertrains, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

John Jostins

John Jostins is professor of Sustainable Transport and Design at Coventry University, UK. He holds a BA Fine Art and a MA Design and Digital Media. His industrial experience includes working in motorsport and special effects in the film industry. From 1995, he became interested in sustainable design and was prompted (by the poor air quality in London where he was working) to start investigations into urban transport. Experience in motorsport gave him a good background in engineering lightweight structures and this, coupled with an interest in electric drive and hydrogen fuel cells, allowed him to pursue the goal of designing useful urban mobility devices with zero emissions. He has been researching into alternative, zero emissions transport and new mobility since 1996, focusing on designs for vehicles for urban scenarios where congestion and air quality tend to be worst. In that time, Prof. Jostins has founded a new enterprise called Microcab Industries Ltd. (an SME). Concentrating on hydrogen fuel cell electric drivetrains married to lean weight vehicle structures, 3 complete vehicle designs and a total of 14 operational vehicles have been built and demonstrated in trials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Sustainable Transport and Design, Coventry University, UK