DaimlerChrysler Fuel-Cell Vehicles Hit One-Million-Mile Marker
AUBURN HILLS, MI
— DaimlerChrysler has hit the one-million-mile mark on fuel-cell vehicles. The combined mileage of more than 100 fuel-cell vehicles operating worldwide include Mercedes-Benz F-Cell passenger cars; Dodge Sprinter medium-duty, fuel-cell powered vans; and Citaro fuel-cell-powered transportation buses. More than 30 DaimlerChrysler hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be placed in the United States by the end of 2005. DaimlerChrysler has committed to a $1 billion investment in fuel-cell vehicle research. Through programs such as the Department of Energy (DOE) Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project, DaimlerChrysler will place more fuel-cell vehicles in the hands of customers, who will provide valuable feedback about performance under different conditions.DaimlerChrysler and BP are testing more than 100 fuel-cell vehicles under varying weather, traffic conditions, and driving styles in different locations worldwide in order to further the development of the fuel-cell automobile and how it will be refueled. BP recently opened a hydrogen refueling station in Southfield, Michigan, with DTE Energy Company. Another station was opened in a co-operative effort between BP and Next Energy in Detroit.