Friday, April 07, 2006

DaimlerChrysler Introduces Fuel Cell Police Car

The Wayne State University Police Department is the recipient of the world's first fuel-cell police car. DaimlerChrysler is providing a full-dress (siren, light-bar, cop radio...the whole shebang) Mercedes-Benz F-Cell to the university for use as a supervisor's vehicle.

The students at the university's College of Engineering Alternative Energy Technology will study the car (DCX calls it a "learning lab"), and data collected related to its daily operation will be used to help refine the company's ongoing fuel-cell development programs. If I was a forward-thinking executype at DaimlerChrysler, I'd have someone tracking student on-campus reaction to the A-Class vehicle in their midst as well.

The F-Cell (an A-Class retrofitted with the fuel-cell powertrain) police car has a 0-60 time of around 16 seconds, so on-campus speed freaks need not worry. The car can go 100 miles between refueling stops, which will take place at the NextEnergy facility at the Wayne State Research and Technology Park.

Press Release

Photo courtesy of DaimlerChrysler