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Mercedes-Benz selects Plug Power fuel cell technology for lift truck fleet

Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc. (MBUSI) has purchased 72 Plug Power GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell units to operate its Hyster electric lift truck fleet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The GenDrive fuel cells will power a portion of the automotive plant’s lift truck fleet.

The GenDrive units will replace lead-acid batteries, which require space-consuming charging areas and an expensive maintenance infrastructure. Compact hydrogen stations provided by Air Products will be located onsite for a more efficient refueling process.

Mercedes-Benz is an exciting customer to add to Plug Power's growing list of fuel cell adopters. We intend to prove the value of GenDrive fuel cells in Tuscaloosa in order to reinforce the benefits experienced in auto-manufacturing facilities across North America.

—Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power

Powered by hydrogen, GenDrive delivers a constant flow of power to the truck and offers a fueling cycle that takes just minutes. With this conversion, Mercedes-Benz is able to eliminate its battery room and open that floor space up for storing and moving product.



Slowly but surely fuel cell technology is coming to market, in spite of what the nay-sayers proclaim.

In other news today:
'Life Technologies Corporation LIFE today announced it will use a fuel cell system to self-generate electricity for its company headquarters, along with its manufacturing and distribution center in Carlsbad, California. The Bloom Energy fuel cell system will begin operating in August and will reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent, increase energy reliability while also delivering cost savings.

The new fuel cell system will fit within 1500 square feet and generate one megawatt of electricity – among the highest output in San Diego County and equivalent to powering more than 1000 homes. Life Technologies is the first company in the life sciences industry to adopt the Bloom Energy technology and joins other leading companies including The Coca-Cola Company, eBay, FedEx, Google, Apple and Walmart.'

It won't be long now before they are in cars too, when opponents argued that costs would never drop enough nor longevity increase enough to enable this.

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