October 17, 2003


DaimlerChrysler leases more fuel cell cars in Japan

Tokyo, Japan – DaimlerChrysler Japan announced it will lease the F-Cell fuel cell passenger car, which is based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, to Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. and Bridgestone Corporation. The companies will pay a basic fee of 1.2 million yen a month.

DCJ will make use of a workshop established jointly with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC), located in Shinagawa, Tokyo, as a service workshop to regularly inspect or repair the F-Cell and keep its parts.

The agreement between DCJ and the two Japanese firms was sealed as part of the “F-Cell Global Program” announced in Stuttgart, Germany in October 2002. Under the program, a total of 60 F-Cell cars will be introduced into four countries, such as Japan, Germany, the United States and Singapore, from 2003 to 2004.

This agreement follows the partnership entered into with UPS and the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Besides this program, DaimlerChrysler AG is slated to deliver a total of 30 Citaro fuel cell buses to 10 cities in Europe by the end of 2003.

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