UPS will test fuel-cell vehicles in its U.S. delivery fleet by the end of 2003 and into 2004, the company announced. The delivery giant says the project will be the first use of fuel-cell technology in a commercial delivery fleet in North America. DaimlerChrysler will supply the fuel-cell vehicles to UPS, while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will supply a hydrogen refueling station at its Ann Arbor facility. The fueling station will be operational by the end of 2003 and will provide compressed hydrogen fuel to the UPS vehicles as well as other fuel-cell vehicles in the area. The first fuel-cell vehicle to be tested by UPS will be a DaimlerChrysler F-Cell, which will be used for early-morning deliveries by late 2003. In 2004, UPS will add one or more fuel-cell-powered Sprinter delivery vans to its fleet. There are currently 2,500 Sprinter vehicles in UPS’s domestic and international fleets. Sprinters normally are powered by a highly fuel-efficient diesel engine and are certified as ultra low emission vehicles under EPA guidelines. UPS is the largest commercial vehicle fleet in the U.S. in Automotive Fleet’s Top 300 Commercial Fleets.
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