The Fuel Cell Technologies Office under the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from stakeholders regarding proposed cost and durability targets for automotive fuel cells. The proposed cost targets are $40/kW for automotive fuel-cell system cost in 2020 and $30/kW in 2030. The proposed durability target is 5000 h (corresponding to about 150,000 mi/240,000 km). While the automotive industry represents a large market opportunity for fuel cells, further technological improvements are required to make them competitive with incumbent technologies, according to the RFI. The information obtained is to be used in refining already established targets. Feedback should address one or more of the following:
• Appropriateness of target values
• Comparison of targets to baseline and competing technologies (both gasoline internal-combustion engine and hybrid or other advanced systems)
• Status of fuel-cell technologies in comparison to targets
• Recommendations for testing conditions and protocols
• Assumptions used for targets and status (e.g., platinum loading and platinum price).
Comments are due by April 1 and must be provided as an attachment to an e-mail message addressed to: FCcosttargets@go.doe.gov.