August 16, 2004


DaimlerChrysler leases its first fuel cell vehicle in California

Diamond Bar, California – DaimlerChrysler announced its first fuel cell vehicle customer in California on Friday – the Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The U.S. government agency will use a DaimlerChrysler F-Cell in daily use, based at its new hydrogen refuelling station, the first station to be open to the public.

Part of a 100-vehicle fuel cell fleet that DaimlerChrysler will put into service in the near future, this is the first fuel cell vehicle the company has announced with a customer in California.

Based on a Mercedes A-Class, the F-Cell’s entire fuel cell system is housed in the floor of the vehicle, leaving full use of the passenger and cargo spaces. It has a range of approximately 100 miles and a top speed of 85 mph. The electric motor develops 88 hp (65 kW), enabling acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 16 seconds. The stack has been developed by the DaimlerChrysler cooperation partner, Ballard.

The F-Cell will be used by AQMD in everyday driving conditions in Southern California. Freeway and stop-and-go driving in this climate will provide valuable data to both DaimlerChrysler and AQMD on the operation and refuelling of fuel cell vehicles.

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