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California Residents Use Fuel Cell-Powered Mercedes To Get Their Driver's License
Posted on May 31, 2006 at 10:10 AM CST

Driving Shot of the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell, Front and Side View

Have you ever imagined that one day, your kids would complete their driving exam in a pollution-free fuel cell-powered vehicle?  If so, you're not alone.  In a recent statement made by President Bush: "I believe that today's children will one day take a driver's test in a hydrogen-powered, pollution-free car. That's the goal of the United States."

In yet another sign we live in the future, a select group of Californian residents have made that goal a reality, completing their driver's test in a fuel-cell powered Mercedes F-Cell.

According to Peter Friebe, one of the individuals chosen to participate in the F-Cell driving program:  "It was an experience to see the look on the evaluator's face at the DMV.  I'm sure it made his day to ride around in the F-Cell giving me my driving test."

I'm sure it did Peter; I'm sure it did.

Unfortunately what Peter didn't take into account was that once the DMV instructor's fuel-cell induced euphoria had worn off, he was then forced to resume testing the legions of hormonally-unstable sixteen year old girls and their parent's environmentally-unfriendly SUV's.  To compensate for the guilt of knowing that a pollution-free vehicle exists and yet the American public still chooses to contribute to the melting of polar ice caps, the instructor was then forced to up his usual two-pack a day Marlboro intake into the three - three and a half range, a fact that will ultimately lead to his untimely death at the hands of the evil we all know as lung cancer.

So congratulations Peter. You and your fuel-cell powered Mercedes just killed a DMV instructor.

For more info, keep reading for the full press release.


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE


Get Your Driver's License in a Fuel Cell-Powered Car

  • Mercedes-Benz F-Cell passenger car assists in getting people their California driver's license

  • DaimlerChrysler has the largest fleet of fuel cell vehicles in the world -- more than 100 buses, vans and passenger cars

  • Fuel cell vehicles are taking another step toward common use

  • More than $1 billion invested in fuel cell technology and almost two- million miles logged -- no other auto manufacturer even comes close

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 31 -- Over the last year some lucky individuals have had the opportunity to drive a zero-emissions Mercedes-Benz fuel cell-powered passenger car to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in California to complete their driver's test.

President Bush has stated, "I believe that today's children will one day take a driver's test in a hydrogen-powered, pollution-free car. That's the goal of the United States." DaimlerChrysler is taking that step today.

"It was an experience to see the look on the evaluator's face at the DMV," said Peter Friebe -- who recently passed his exam. "I'm sure it made his day to ride around in the F-Cell giving me my driving test."

DaimlerChrysler has spent more than $1 billion in fuel cell vehicle research and development. No other manufacturer has accumulated more data or driven more zero-emissions miles -- almost two million.

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell is a reflection of DaimlerChrysler's leadership in fuel cell technology. 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 16 seconds. The stack has been developed by the DaimlerChrysler cooperation partner Ballard Power Systems.

The DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicle fleet is diverse -- in addition to several research vehicles, it also includes medium-duty fuel cell Dodge Sprinter vans and more than 35 Mercedes-Benz Citaro fuel cell buses, which operate in Europe, the United States, Japan, Australia and Singapore. As part of the world's largest fleet of fuel cell vehicles, DaimlerChrysler has more than 25 fuel cell vehicles with customers in California and more than 100 around the world. No other manufacturer comes close to the efforts of DaimlerChrysler with fuel cell technology.

DaimlerChrysler pioneered fuel cell vehicle technology more than a decade ago. Fuel cells release energy from the reaction of hydrogen with a catalyst and oxygen. This clean technology operates at a high level of efficiency and is true zero-emissions. Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles emit only pure water vapor as exhaust. Fuel cell vehicles are part of DaimlerChrysler's advanced propulsion technology umbrella, which includes efficient gasoline engines, advanced diesels, Flex-Fuel and hybrid powertrain systems.

Copyright © 2006, DaimlerChrysler AG

 

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