The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division has contracted ATK, an aerospace and defense company, to design and build two hydrogen fuel cell powered utility vehicles for military use. Although headquartered in Minnesota, the project will take place at ATK's Center for Energy and Aerospace Innovation in Ronkonkoma, NY. To develop such vehicles ATK has partnered with Toro, a landscaping equipment manufacture that has recently completed a NYSERDA funded project to develop, manufacture and test three hydrogen powered utility vehicles.
The military's interest in hydrogen powered utility vehicles stems from The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which requires a 20% decrease in oil consumption by the Department of Defense before 2016 as well as the production of commercial fuel cell vehicles and necessary infrastructure by 2020.
For more information visit the Market Watch Article at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/toro-partners-with-atk-to-develop-fuel-cell-powered-utility-vehicles-2010-10-29?reflink=MW_news_stmp.