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DaimlerChrysler Grows Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will be expanding its significant experience with electric power to fuel cells by testing two DaimlerChrysler F-Cell passenger cars in daily use. The entire fuel cell system is housed in the floor of the vehicle, leaving full use of the passenger and cargo spaces. It has a range of approximately 100 miles and a top speed of 85 mph. The electric motor develops 88 hp (65 kW), enabling acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 14 seconds. The stack is developed by DaimlerChrysler’s cooperation partner, Ballard Power (BP). In support of the federal Freedom Car Program, SMUD is moving forward with hydrogen fuel cell technology with DaimlerChrysler and BP to conduct hydrogen fuel cell vehicle testing. These efforts support SMUD’s research and development policies helping to create clean transportation alternatives for the community.