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.