April 10, 2006

DaimlerChrysler builds first fuel cell-powered police car

DaimlerChrysler F-Cell fuel cell-powered police vehicle
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Auburn Hills, Michigan – DaimlerChrysler has announced that a Mercedes powered by a fuel cell and used as a supervisor’s vehicle by the Wayne State University Police Department in Detroit is the world’s first fuel cell-powered police vehicle. Outfitted with a police radio, decals, lights and sirens, the F-Cell is a look into the future use of fuel cell vehicles under the demanding operation of a police car.

The vehicle will be refueled at NextEnergy’s new hydrogen fueling station, and will serve as a learning laboratory for students in WSU College of Engineering Alternative Energy Technology, the U.S.’s first master’s-degree program in alternative energy.

The Mercedes F-Cell’s fuel system is housed in the vehicle’s floor; it has a range of approximately 160 km with a top speed of 136 km/h. The electric motor develops 88 hp, enabling acceleration from zero to 96 km/h (100 mph) in 16 seconds. The stack has been developed by Ballard Power Systems.

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