DaimlerChrysler Introduces First Fuel-Cell Cop Car
Date posted: 04-08-2006
DETROIT — DaimlerChrysler has introduced what is believed to be the world's first fuel-cell-powered police vehicle.
The Mercedes F-Cell will be used as a supervisor's vehicle at the Wayne State University police department here and serve as a "learning laboratory" for students in the WSU College of Engineering Alternative Energy Technology, a masters-degree program in alternative energy.
The vehicle has a range of about 100 miles and a top speed of 85 mph, the company said in a statement. The electric motor develops 88 horsepower and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 16 seconds. The F-Cell vehicle will be refueled at NextEnergy's new hydrogen-fueling station in Detroit.
The F-Cell cop car is outfitted with a police radio, lights and sirens. In a statement, the company said: "The demanding operation of a police car will produce valuable data to help develop fuel-cell technology."
What this means to you: Zero-emissions law enforcement comes to Detroit.