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Delivers Fuel-Cell Buses to Beijing
- Buses are part of a fleet of
more than 100 fuel-cell vehicles DaimlerChrysler has in
- Real world experience in day-to-day
operation in pursuit of viable emission-free mobility
- Dr. Till Becker: Having
fuel-cell buses in operation is a small but significant
symbolic step in helping reducing pollution.
Peking/Stuttgart, Nov 23, 2005
DaimlerChrysler delivered three hydrogen-powered Mercedes-Benz
Citaro fuel cell buses to the City of Beijing today, at the
opening of the 4th International Clean Vehicle Technology
Conference and Exhibition. Having hydrogen-powered fuel-cell
buses in operation on the streets of Beijing is a small but
significant symbolic step in reducing pollution in this great
city, said Dr. Till Becker, Chairman and CEO of
DaimlerChrysler Northeast Asia. As part of
DaimlerChrysler's long-term commitment to China and partnership
with the City of Beijing, we are bringing the very latest fuel
cell technology to China. We want to make a contribution to the
efforts of industry and government to make Beijing a better place
to live and work, and hope this will help complement and
reinforce the Chinese Central Governments goal to further
pursue sustainable development and alternative energy sources.
The fuel-cell buses were provided to the City of Beijing under
the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology
and the United Nations Development Program /Global Environmental
Fund, Demonstration for Fuel-cell Bus Commercialization in China.
These buses are part of a fleet of
36 buses DaimlerChrysler now has in operation in Europe,
Australia and Asia in order to gain real world experience in day-to-day
operation in its pursuit of viable emission-free mobility
solutions. In October 2005, the fuel-cell buses passed the one
million kilometer mark, a performance that, by far surpasses all
previous trials of fuel-cell buses, having clocked up a total of
70,000 operating hours.
These buses have
convincingly demonstrated the reliability and robustness of fuel-cell
performance in various climatic zones and topographies,
said Prof. Herbert Kohler, Vice President, Body and Power-train
Research and Chief Environmental Officer of DaimlerChrysler.
They have withstood the winter cold of Reykjavik and
Stockholm as well as the heat of Madrid. They have performed well
in flat terrain as well as with gradients of up to eight percent
in Porto and Stuttgart. We are convinced that the experience from
the streets of Beijing will contribute significantly toward our
goal of series production of fuel-cell vehicles.
DaimlerChrysler is a pioneer in
fuel-cell development, and since the early 1990s has
produced more than 20 research vehicles and prototypes. Since
2004, DaimlerChrysler delivered 60 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles
based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, to customers in the U.S.,
Europe, Japan and Singapore. Together with the fuel-cell buses,
and Mercedes-Benz and Dodge fuel-cell Sprinters, the Company has
more than 100 fuel-cell vehicles on roads around the world, more
than any other vehicle manufacturer.
The worldwide trials of fuel-cell
vehicles have given the developers of the fuel-cell stack
valuable information for the extension of fuel-cell lifetimes.
The performance of the current generation of stacks is well above
expectations: more than 2,000 operating hours without any power
losses. This brings fuel-cell lifetimes even closer to those of
conventional gasoline and diesel engines.
In order to focus expertise and
resources and to press ahead with the development of the fuel-cell,
DaimlerChrysler is working together with Ford Motor Company and
Ballard Power Systems in a strategic alliance. DaimlerChrysler
and Ford are focusing on ways to best integrate fuel-cell drives
into vehicles, while Ballard will continue to develop and
manufacture fuel-cells and electric drives for fuel-cell vehicles.
Fuel cells are currently the only
technology that can achieve real zero emission in vehicles. Fuel
cells release energy from the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen.
The hydrogen-powered fuel cells emit only pure water vapor.