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DaimlerChrysler Builds First Fuel-Cell-Powered Police Car

April 11, 2006

AUBURN HILLS, MI – DaimlerChrysler has introduced the first fuel-cell-powered police vehicle to the world. The Wayne State University Police Department in Detroit will operate the Mercedes F-Cell as a supervisor’s vehicle on and in the immediate vicinity of the campus, located in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Outfitted with a third-generation police radio, decals, lights, and sirens, the Wayne State University Police Department F-Cell is a look into the future use of fuel-cell vehicles. The demanding operation of a police car will produce valuable data to help develop fuel-cell technology. The Wayne State Police Department F-Cell vehicle will be refueled at NextEnergy’s new hydrogen fueling station. The car will serve as a learning laboratory for students in WSU College of Engineering Alternative Energy Technology, the nation’s first master’s degree program in alternative energy. 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. DaimlerChrysler has more than 25 fuel-cell vehicles in customer hands in California and more than 100 around the world. The entire fuel-cell system in the Mercedes F-Cell is housed in the floor of the vehicle. 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 stack has been developed by the DaimlerChrysler cooperation partner, Ballard Power Systems.
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