Bioenergy, Solar

DaimlerChrysler Gives Five Fuel Cell Vehicles to LAX

To further the development and experience with zero-emission technology, DaimlerChrysler presented the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with five hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mercedes-Benz vehicles, which will be fueled at BP/Praxair’s retail-designed hydrogen fueling station at LAX.

The cars are joining what is said to be the largest alternative-fuel airport fleet in the nation, where more than half of the vehicles use alternative fuels, including compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, propane, hybrid-electric and solar power. The LAX hydrogen fueling station, dedicated in September 2004, will serve LAWA vehicles and other hydrogen-vehicle users in the area. It is a joint project by BP, Praxair, LAWA, South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy, all of which helped fund the nearly $2 million construction cost. “These events exhibit how DaimlerChrysler, BP, Praxair and LAX are taking on the challenge for industries and governments to create viable alternative fuel solutions,” said Mark Chernoby, Vice President, Advance Vehicle Engineering — Chrysler Group. “Los Angeles World Airports has been committed to alternative-fuel technology since 1993, when we introduced such technology into our airport operations,” said LAWA alternative-fuels fleet manager Dave Waldner. DaimlerChrysler, which pioneered fuel cell vehicle technology more than 10 years ago, supports Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts, including those with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Hydrogen Highway Network, helps its partners gain operational familiarity with fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen refueling stations.