A Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicle in LAX’s Alternative-Fuel Fleet

To evaluate the use of a prototype zero-emission passenger vehicle that uses a hydrogen-fuel cell drive system in a real-world setting the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved an agreement awarded to DaimlerChrysler by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is currently the only airport to participate in the Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project, largely due to the fact that a hydrogen fueling station exists on LAX property. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates LAX, gains the benefit and visibility of being the first airport to evaluate the F-cell vehicle. The demonstration and validation project includes reviewing the performance and reliability of a fuel-cell vehicle in real-world conditions, collecting data about hydrogen energy and examining possible expanded use of hydrogen for use in fuel-cell vehicles. The prototype hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle will be added to LAX’s alternative-fuel vehicle fleet. LAWA is committed to identifying and replacing fossil-fuel vehicles and equipment with alternative-fuel models. Established in 1993, LAX’s Construction and Maintenance Division has developed the second largest airport-based alternative-fuel fleet comprised of 470 vehicles. Alternative fuels currently in use include compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, electricity, liquefied petroleum gas, solar power and hydrogen.

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