The following, from a recent press release, seems to me to be a reflection of where the fuel cell vehicle program stands. Is an 88 hp, 100 mile range vehicle the best Chrysler has to offer after over a billion dollars worth of research? Considering their claim "No other manufacturer comes close to the efforts of DaimlerChrysler with fuel cell technology", we must have a long ways to go before cars that appeal to the consumer are available. Granted it is a supervisors vehicle, but I thought all police vehicles were supposed to be usable in all types of service. It certainly is not a vehicle that will grab the attention of US consumers.
DaimlerChrysler has introduced the first fuel cell-powered police vehicle to the world. The Wayne State University Police Department in Detroit will operate the Mercedes F-Cell as a supervisor's vehicle on and in the immediate vicinity of the campus, located in Detroit's Cultural Center.
The Mercedes 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.
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 -- more than 1.2 million.
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 in customer hands in California and more than 100 around the world. No other manufacturer comes close to the efforts of DaimlerChrysler with fuel cell technology.
DaimlerChrysler Builds First Fuel Cell-Powered Police Car, Chrysler Group press release, April 7, 2006