December 12, 2002
John Deere to produce fuel-cell powered utility vehicle
Moline, Illinois – John Deere is working with Hydrogenics Corporation, a Canadian fuel cell manufacturer, to develop a technology demonstrator fuel cell-powered Commercial Work Vehicle
Deere is sharing plans for the vehicle at this week’s Electric Transportation Industry Conference and Exposition in Hollywood, Florida. The demonstrator will be a modified John Deere Pro-Gator Utility Vehicle.
“This vehicle will serve as a technology guide as John Deere moves forward with electrification of its products,” said Bruce Wood, director of the company’s ePower Technologies group, which plans to test the fuel cell- powered CWV at demonstration sites across the U.S. starting in the spring of 2003.
Also at the Florida conference, Deere is showing its prototype gasoline-electric zero-turning radius lawn tractor and its currently available electric-powered E-Gator Utility Vehicle.
Deere offered no specific timetable for more widespread use of electric vehicles. However, Wood said, the company believes use of the technologies in its off-road equipment offers the best opportunity to commercialize significant numbers of electric vehicles.