Teaming up on fuel cells

The Environmental Protection Agency has joined forces with DaimlerChrysler and UPS in a US government industry partnership to put hydrogen-powered fuel-cell delivery vehicles on the road.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined forces with DaimlerChrysler and UPS in a US government industry partnership to put hydrogen-powered fuel cell delivery vehicles on the road.

Later this year, a passenger-sized fuel cell test vehicle based on the DaimlerChrysler Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be used as an express-delivery vehicle by UPS. In 2004, one or more fuel-cell powered Dodge Sprinter vans will be delivered as the first commercial medium-duty fuel-cell vehicles to be put in service in the US.

The DaimlerChrysler fuel-cell vehicles will be used in typical UPS delivery operations on established routes to enable all the companies to evaluate the fuel economy and driving performance of the vehicles.

EPA’s Ann Arbor laboratory will provide a hydrogen refuelling station to fuel the UPS delivery vehicles.

Designed and built by Air Products and Chemicals of Allentown, PA, the station will store up to 1,500 gallons of hydrogen as a liquid in a specially designed cryogenic tank. The liquid hydrogen will be converted to gaseous hydrogen, compressed and then stored in pressurized tanks which will be connected to a fuel dispenser.

The station will have sufficient capacity to fill four to five hydrogen vehicles back-to-back and up to eight per day.