October 25, 2004

DaimlerChrysler adds another fuel cell vehicle to road fleet

Auburn Hills, Michigan – DaimlerChrysler announced that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) plans to use a fuel cell-powered F-Cell vehicle at its facility to further the development and experience with fuel cell vehicles and the hydrogen infrastructure. This announcement coincides with the opening of the BP and Praxair public hydrogen fuelling station at LAX.

“These events exhibit how DaimlerChrysler, BP, Praxair and LAX are taking on the challenge for industries and governments to create viable alternative fuel solutions,” said Mark Chernoby, Vice President, Advance Vehicle Engineering – Chrysler Group. “We’re pleased to be a driving force in this team effort to develop fuel cell technology.”

As part of its commitment to have 100 fuel cell vehicles in 2004, DaimlerChrysler has over 40 fuel cell vehicles in customer hands around the world. The California Hydrogen Highway Network, in addition to other programs the company is involved with – including those with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – enables DaimlerChrysler and its partners to gain extensive operational familiarity with fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen refuelling stations.

By operating this vehicle in California, LAX will provide DaimlerChrysler and its partners with valuable feedback that will affect future vehicle design. This fuelling station bears the commitment of the cooperative efforts to build a much needed hydrogen infrastructure.

The vehicle LAX plans to use will be one of 60 Mercedes-Benz F-Cells in the DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicle fleet. The fleet is diverse and in addition to several research vehicles, it also includes three medium-duty fuel cell Dodge Sprinter vans and 33 Mercedes-Benz Citaro fuel cell buses that operated in Europe, the United States, Japan, Australia and Singapore. Already, over 40 of these vehicles are in use by customers today.

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