Ballard Power Systems announced June 4 that itsMark 900 series fuel cell has powered DaimlerChrysler's NECAR 5 fuelcell vehicle in its drive from San Francisco, California toWashington, D.C. The successful completion of this 13-day, 3,000 mile(4,800 kilometer) endurance test is the world's first for a fuel cellvehicle. The NECAR 5 is a Mercedes-Benz A Class vehicle powered by aBallard fuel cell engine generating 75 kilowatts of power. Hydrogenis generated onboard the vehicle from methanol, utilizing a fuelprocessor developed by Ballard. "This historic journey demonstrates the capabilities of Ballardfuel cells as we look to power the future," said Firoz Rasul,Ballard's chairman and chief executive officer. "The valuable systemand operational data gathered by Ballard's Transportation Divisionengineers will play an important role in the development of ourcommercial fuel cell engines. This endurance test provides Ballardwith real-world experience in testing its fuel cell engine in avariety of conditions including differing altitudes, temperatures andhumidities that cannot be matched through lab testing. Through thistesting Ballard gained significant insight into optimizing theoperating parameters of the complete fuel cell engine, including thefuel cell, fuel processor and overall system controls." Ballard Power Systems claims to be recognized as the world leader indeveloping, manufacturing and marketing zero-emission proton exchangemembrane ("PEM") fuel cells. Ballard says it is commercializing fuel cellengines for transportation applications and fuel cell systems forportable and stationary products ranging from 1 kilowatt to 250kilowatts. Ballard is also commercializing electric drives for fuelcell and battery-powered electric vehicles, power conversion productsfor fuel cells and other distributed generation products, and is an automotive supplier of friction materials for power traincomponents. Ballard says its proprietary technology is enabling automobile,bus, electrical equipment, portable power and stationary productmanufacturers to develop environmentally clean products for sale.Ballard says it is partnering with DaimlerChrysler, Ford, EBARA, ALSTOM and FirstEnergy, to commercializeBallard fuel cells. Ballard claims to have supplied fuel cells to Honda,Nissan, Volkswagen, Yamaha, Cinergy, Coleman Powermate and MatsushitaElectric Works.