January 25, 2007

DaimlerChrysler introduces first fuel cell-powered firefighter vehicle

Fire Service Mercedes-Benz F-Cell
Fire Service Mercedes-Benz F-Cell. Click image to enlarge

Sacramento, California – DaimlerChrysler has introduced the first fuel cell-powered fire response vehicle. The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District will operate the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell as a supervisor’s vehicle in the Sacramento area.

Outfitted with decals, lights, sirens and a coat of bright red paint, the Fire Service Mercedes-Benz F-Cell has a range of approximately 160 km (100 miles) and a top speed of 137 km/h (85 mph). The electric motor develops 88 hp (65 kW), enabling acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 16 seconds. The fuel cell stack was developed by Ballard Power Systems of Vancouver, British Columbia. The demanding operation of the vehicle will produce valuable data to help develop fuel cell technology, says the company.

The new fire response F-Cell joins the first fuel cell powered police car, also built by DaimlerChrysler, which operates in Michigan with the Wayne State University Police Department. These two vehicles are the first hydrogen fuel cell powered emergency response vehicles in the world.

The Fire Service Mercedes-Benz F-Cell will be refuelled at a BP Energy hydrogen refuelling station located at the California Fuel Cell Partnership in Sacramento.

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