DaimlerChrysler Delivers the First Fuel-Cell
Bus to the City of Madrid, Spain
DaimlerChrysler announced it has delivered its first fuelcell-powered Citaro bus to the city of Madrid.According to the company, a total of 30 DaimlerChrysler fuel-cell buses, including two more in theSpanish capital, will go into service in 10 European cities this year,enabling DaimlerChrysler engineers to monitor the performance of theirfuel-cell buses in demanding daily service.The goal is to test both the vehicles' engineering and the fuelinfrastructure, as well as to test-market the technology's acceptance bythe public. The city buses will also be in service in Amsterdam, Barcelona,Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Porto, Reykjavik, Stockholm and Stuttgart.The zero-emission and low-noise operation of the buses is a significantadvantage in urban traffic.The initial trial of the Citaro fuel cell buses will run for two years,providing detailed information about the vehicle's performance andengineering, the fuel infrastructure and maintenance and servicingrequirements.The company says the Citaro fuel-cell buses have a range of approximately 125 miles (200kilometers), carry up to 70 passengers and can reach a top speed of about50 mph (80 km/h). The fuel cell, which generates more than 200 kilowatts ofpower, is housed on the roof of the Citaro bus, along with the 5,000 psi(350 bar) hydrogen storage cylinders.