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Fuel Cell Firm Delays RV Product Launch

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May 5, 2009 by   1 Comment

Protonex Technology Corp. is backtracking on plans to make its hydrogen fuel cell systems available to the recreational vehicle market, according to the Worchester (Mass.) Business Journal.

The company had intended to introduce the M250-B fuel cell to RVs this year, but said it needs time to make the technology “more economically attractive” to that market. In the meantime, the Southborough, Mass.-based company will focus more of its business development resources on the military version of the product.

The company said it is seeing a substantial increase in funding opportunities from the U.S. military, its core customer.

Also, the weak economy has severely impacted the RV market and the company’s current development schedule would’ve resulted in a mid-summer launch of the M250-B. Mid-summer is traditionally a slow time for RV sales.

The RV market and the economy as a whole have more potential to improve in 2010 than this year, the company said. By then, the M250-B will cost less to produce, the company said.

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  1. Do I Hear the Word “Rebound”? : blog.rv.net on May 9th, 2009 2:40 pm

    [...] Not all is rosy yet, though, as companies like Protonex Technology, that had intended to make their fuel cells available to the RV industry this year have backed off, saying that they need more time to make their fuel cells more economically attractive. Could have something to do with the fact that the military (part of the government, I must remind you) has money to spend and are pouring it into fuel cell technology for military uses. The good news is that the government’s expenditures will move fuel cells along in their development, but it will still be a while until they–and the infrastructure needed to support them–become available to other than home-based fleets and filter down to the lowly RV market.

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