DaimlerChrysler Unveils Fuel Cell Concept Minivan
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.