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DaimlerChrysler Unveils Fuel Cell Concept Minivan

December 14, 2001

DaimlerChrysler has unveiled its third-generation fuel cell concept vehicle, the Chrysler Town & Country Natrium, fueled with sodium boro-hydride, a compound chemically related to borax, the naturally occurring substance used in laundry soap.This fuel and fuel cell system gives the Natrium a range of 300 miles, comparable to a gasoline-powered vehicle. In addition, the vehicle produces zero emissions.The sodium boro-hydride fuel is available in significant supplies, it is non-toxic and nonflammable, and it can be recycled, potentially providing an endless supply of fuel for transportation needs.The Chrysler Group has produced two other fuel cell concept vehicles.– Jeep Commander, unveiled in 1999, demonstrated an onboard reformer to produce hydrogen from gasoline for the fuel cell stacks.– Jeep Commander 2, unveiled in 2000, uses a methanol reforming fuel cell powertrain in a large, luxury, four-wheel-drive sport/utility vehicle.
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