EPA, DaimlerChrysler, and UPS Deliver Zero-Emission Vehicles
In a promising government-industry partnership, EPA joined senior executives from DaimlerChrysler and UPS to announce the availability of the nation’s first medium-duty fuel cell delivery vehicles. This event marks the beginning of the second phase in a multi-year fuel cell testing program, first launched in May 2003.
Since February 2004, UPS has been using DaimlerChrysler’s smaller “F-cell” vehicle to deliver packages in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The program’s second phase places full-sized “Sprinter” fuel cell vans into commercial use in both Michigan and California. By putting these larger vehicles into commercial service, the partners can evaluate fuel cell performance and durability under real-world, year-round conditions, including ways to safely and cost-effectively fuel these vehicles.
EPA’s Ann Arbor lab hosts the only generally accessible hydrogen refueling station in what is expected to be a network of stations across the Midwest. EPA’s lab is also the only federal facility capable of running official fuel economy tests on hydrogen vehicles.
This initiative responds to the national challenge set out by the President to move the country toward greater use of hydrogen as a fuel of the future. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles could help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This program also complements and will become part of a national initiative led by the U.S. Department of Energy to deploy and evaluate fleets of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure around the country. For more information about fuel cells and vehicles, visit: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuelcell/.