DaimlerChrysler AG (Auburn Hills, MI) unveiled two next-generation fuel cell vehicles in Stuttgart, Germany, powered by Ballard Power Systems Inc. (Vancouver, BC) fuel cell engines. DaimlerChrysler intends to introduce 60 Mercedes-Benz A-Class F-Cell vehicles in limited customer fleets in Europe, Japan, Singapore and the US beginning in 2003. The F-Cell vehicles are DaimlerChrysler's first fuel cell cars to move from the research stage to customer demonstrations.
DaimlerChrysler also demonstrated the Citaro city bus and the Hermes Sprinter delivery van, both powered by Ballard fuel cell engines. Ballard will continue to deliver heavy-duty fuel cell engines through 2003 to DaimlerChrysler for 30 Citaro city buses to be operated in revenue-service in 10 major European cities.