New Jersey Project Venturer
A consortium of universities, technology companies and government agencies recognizing common and complementary interests came together in 1999 to demonstrate the practicality of building and operating a hydrogen fuel cell and battery powered electric vehicle. The vehicle, named "New Jersey Project Venturer," was entered in the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's (NESEA) 1999 Tour de Sol rally. Project Manager Mike Strizki led the development team to place second in its category, along with winning the Engineering Excellence Award and recognition as the First Fuel Cell Vehicle in the World to Compete in an Event.
The Tour de Sol is a seven day educational road rally event for electric vehicles, with free public events in eight communities. The Tour showcases 50 electric, hybrid electric and solar assisted electric vehicles built by major auto and bus manufacturers, students and individuals from North America and abroad. In 1999, the rally left Waterbury, Connecticut on May 22 and arrive in Lake George, New York on May 28. The NESEA Tour is well organized and provides an excellent marketing program and media attention.
The vehicle concept was introduced by the NJ Department of Transportation's Technology Bureau, a leader in fuel cells for transportation and electric vehicle development. Consortium partners included NJ based technology firms with fuel cell, electronic integration and energy supply system expertise. Project partners included:
Neocon Technologies Inc.
Advanced Power Associates
MG Industries - Company Description
Fully Independent Residential Solar Technologies
Ford Motor Corp.
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
NWL Corporation (power supply systems)
Diversatech (metal fabrication)
Wenzel & Company (communications and marketing support)
Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology
Rowan University - School Involvement
Burlington County College (BCC) - New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Cinnaminson High School - School Involvement
Hunterdon County Polytech
Hunterdon Central High School
NJ Department of Transportation's Technology Bureau
NJ Board of Public Utilities
NJ Commerce Commission
NJ Department of Environmental Protection