October 9, 2002


DaimlerChrysler to introduce fuel cell cars in 2003

Stuttgart, Germany – DaimlerChrysler announced that a new fleet of fuel cell cars and buses will be sold in Europe, the U.S., Japan and Singapore beginning in 2003.

The fleet will included 60 Mercedes-Benz A-Class “F-Cell” models and 30 Citaro city buses which will be supplied to public transport companies in ten major European cities. The cars will be operated and tested by customers within the framework of cooperative ventures.

“With these vehicles, we become the first manufacturer to put fuel cell cars on the road,” said Prof. Ferdinand Panik, head of Fuel Cell Development at DaimlerChrysler. “The hydrogen-powered F-Cell cars are genuine zero- emission vehicles which have left the research stage and are now going to field testing.”

In the “F-Cell,” the entire fuel cell system is accommodated in the sandwich floor of the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Its tanks supply compressed hydrogen directly to the fuel cell system, giving the “F-Cell” a cruising range of about 140 km (90 miles). Hydrogen consumption is equivalent to 56 mpg gasoline.

The electric motor has an output of 65 kW. The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about 16 seconds and gets a top speed of around 87 mph. This performance makes the “F-Cell” suitable for everyday use, says DaimlerChrysler. In addition, the vehicle has zero smog and greenhouse gas emissions and is quiet in operation.

Since introducing the first NECAR (New Electric Car) in 1994, DaimlerChrysler has produced 20 concept vehicles, such as the NECAR series and the Chrysler Town & Country Natrium. These vehicles have been designed to operate on a variety of fuels, including methanol, gasoline, liquid and gaseous hydrogen and sodium borohydride, a borax-like compound. The F-Cell vehicles will be powered by hydrogen.

The fuel serves as a source of hydrogen which is combined with oxygen from the air in the fuel cell to produce electricity and drive an electric motor. The size and weight of the drive unit have been reduced considerably since early fuel cell vehicles, while performance has improved significantly.

The cars in this fleet feature a special interior design, offer just as much space as production cars, and are being manufactured under near-standard conditions.

“The fuel cell technology gives us the opportunity to bring mobility together with environmental compatibility and to make a major contribution to society,” said Professor Jurgen Hubbert, member of the DaimlerChrysler Board of Management with responsibility for the Mercedes-Benz.

Hubbert noted, however, that before fuel cell vehicles go to market in significant numbers, fuel and infrastructure issues must be clarified in a worldwide initiative, jointly with the political community, the energy sector and others.Stuttgart, Germany – DaimlerChrysler announced that a new fleet of fuel cell cars and buses will be sold in Europe, the U.S., Japan and Singapore beginning in 2003.

The fleet will included 60 Mercedes-Benz A-Class “F-Cell” models and 30 Citaro city buses which will be supplied to public transport companies in ten major European cities. The cars will be operated and tested by customers within the framework of cooperative ventures.

“With these vehicles, we become the first manufacturer to put fuel cell cars on the road,” said Prof. Ferdinand Panik, head of Fuel Cell Development at DaimlerChrysler. “The hydrogen-powered F-Cell cars are genuine zero- emission vehicles which have left the research stage and are now going to field testing.”

In the “F-Cell,” the entire fuel cell system is accommodated in the sandwich floor of the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Its tanks supply compressed hydrogen directly to the fuel cell system, giving the “F-Cell” a cruising range of about 140 km (90 miles). Hydrogen consumption is equivalent to 56 mpg gasoline.

The electric motor has an output of 65 kW. The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about 16 seconds and gets a top speed of around 87 mph. This performance makes the “F-Cell” suitable for everyday use, says DaimlerChrysler. In addition, the vehicle has zero smog and greenhouse gas emissions and is quiet in operation.

Since introducing the first NECAR (New Electric Car) in 1994, DaimlerChrysler has produced 20 concept vehicles, such as the NECAR series and the Chrysler Town & Country Natrium. These vehicles have been designed to operate on a variety of fuels, including methanol, gasoline, liquid and gaseous hydrogen and sodium borohydride, a borax-like compound. The F-Cell vehicles will be powered by hydrogen.

The fuel serves as a source of hydrogen which is combined with oxygen from the air in the fuel cell to produce electricity and drive an electric motor. The size and weight of the drive unit have been reduced considerably since early fuel cell vehicles, while performance has improved significantly.

The cars in this fleet feature a special interior design, offer just as much space as production cars, and are being manufactured under near-standard conditions.

“The fuel cell technology gives us the opportunity to bring mobility together with environmental compatibility and to make a major contribution to society,” said Professor Jurgen Hubbert, member of the DaimlerChrysler Board of Management with responsibility for the Mercedes-Benz.

Hubbert noted, however, that before fuel cell vehicles go to market in significant numbers, fuel and infrastructure issues must be clarified in a worldwide initiative, jointly with the political community, the energy sector and others.

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