DaimlerChrysler Builds First Fuel Cell-Powered Fire Fighter Vehicle
24 January 2007
|Fire Service Mercedes-Benz F-Cell|
DaimlerChrysler has introduced the first fuel cell–powered fire response vehicle. The Sacramento (California) Metropolitan Fire District will operate the Fire Service Mercedes-Benz F-Cell as a supervisor’s vehicle in the Sacramento area.
In the A-Class F-Cell, the 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 fuel cell stack has been developed by the DaimlerChrysler cooperation partner, Ballard Power Systems.
Outfitted with decals, lights, and sirens, the Fire Service Mercedes-Benz 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.
This program exhibits how DaimlerChrysler is taking on the challenge for industries and governments to create viable alternative-fuel solutions.—Mark Chernoby, Vice President – Advance Vehicle Engineering, Chrysler Group
The Fire Service Mercedes-Benz F-Cell will be refueled at a BP Energy hydrogen refueling station located at the California Fuel Cell Partnership.
In 2005, DaimlerChrysler introduced a new generation fuel-cell vehicle based on its new B-Class Compact Sport Tourer. The B-Class fuel cell vehicle uses a newer fuel cell stack and motor that develop more than 100 kW (134 hp) and provide a range of almost 250 miles. (Earlier post.)
DaimlerChrysler has spent more than $1 billion in fuel cell vehicle research and development. No other manufacturer has accumulated more data or driven more zero-emissions miles:almost 2 million.
The DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicle fleet includes medium-duty fuel cell Dodge Sprinter vans and more than 35 Mercedes-Benz Citaro fuel cell buses, which operate in Europe, the United States, Japan, Australia and Singapore, in addition to research vehicles. As part of the world’s largest fleet of fuel cell vehicles, DaimlerChrysler has 32 fuel cell vehicles in customer hands within the United States and more than 100 around the world.
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