FedEx Corp. will conduct a 12-month test program in Japan of a fuel-cell powered commercial delivery vehicle developed by General Motors starting in June of this year.
FedEx said it plans to operate a delivery truck powered by GM's HydroGen3 fuel cell on its normal delivery schedules in the Tokyo area. The HydroGen3 is powered by liquid hydrogen, which it combines with oxygen to create the electricity that powers the vehicle.
"To really prove that fuel-cell vehicles are equal to or better than conventional, internal combustion vehicles, you need to operate them under tough, every-day conditions," said General Motors Japan chairman & CEO Raymond Grigg.
GM noted that it plans to collect and analyze the data gained from the FedEx vehicle test to determine how its fuel-cell vehicles operate under real-world commercial driving conditions. GM will contribute these results as part of its participation in the Japan Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Demonstration Project.