Nuvera Fuel Cells has sold nine proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks to Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF), a major Italian research organisation of the Fiat Group divisions.

The sale follows the successful demonstration of the Fiat 600 Elettra Fuel Cell Vehicle, called “Seicento Elettra H2,” which uses a Nuvera stack to generate on-board power from hydrogen.

The fuel cell stacks powering the demonstration vehicle have operated without performance degradation for more than 3,000 kilometres (about 2,000 miles).

The Seicento Elettra H2 is Fiat’s initial venture into developing fuel cell vehicles operating on hydrogen and the next-generation, scheduled to be demonstrated in 2003, will feature a brand new configuration of stack technology using the units Nuvera sold to CRF.