DaimlerChrysler Unveils Natrium Minivan

January 07, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

DaimlerChrysler Corp. (Auburn Hills, MI) introduced the Natrium minivan during the Electric Transportation Industry Conference in Sacramento, CA, December 12, 2001. The Natrium minivan runs on hydrogen supplied by a solution of sodium borohydride.

The concept is simple. The compound sodium borohydride is rich in hydrogen. The by-products of this chemical process are hydrogen and borax, the same material used in the soap product. The hydrogen can be used to power a fuel cell while borax can be recycled and turned back into sodium borohydride fuel.