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May 21, 2003

UPS to Test Fuel-Cell-Powered Delivery Vehicles in Michigan

UPS will soon be testing a fuel-cell-powered delivery vehicle in Ann Arbor, Michigan, thanks to a newly announced partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the DaimlerChrysler Corporation. UPS will start this year by using an F-Cell vehicle-a Mercedes Benz A-Class passenger vehicle powered by a Ballard fuel cell-for express delivery service. In 2004, DaimlerChrysler will provide one or more fuel-cell-powered Dodge Sprinter delivery vans for use by UPS.

To support the UPS trial, EPA is providing a hydrogen fueling station at its National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. will design and build the station, which will store up to 1,500 gallons of liquid hydrogen and convert it to compressed hydrogen gas for fueling the vehicles. See the EPA press release and Web page.

In addition to supporting the UPS trial, DaimlerChrysler recently delivered its first fuel-cell-powered bus to the city of Madrid, Spain. The company will deliver 30 fuel-cell-powered Mercedes Benz Citaro city buses to 10 European cities by the end of this year, one year later than the company had originally planned. The 40-foot buses will carry 70 passengers up to 125 miles per refueling. The roof of the bus holds a tank of hydrogen compressed to 5,000 pounds per square inch, powering a 200-kilowatt fuel cell that allows the bus to reach a maximum speed of 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour. See the DaimlerChrysler press release.