DaimlerChrysler announced it has delivered its first fuel
cell-powered Citaro bus to the city of Madrid.
According to the company, a total of 30 DaimlerChrysler fuel-cell buses, including two more in the
Spanish capital, will go into service in 10 European cities this year,
enabling DaimlerChrysler engineers to monitor the performance of their
fuel-cell buses in demanding daily service.
The goal is to test both the vehicles' engineering and the fuel
infrastructure, as well as to test-market the technology's acceptance by
the 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 significant
advantage 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 and
engineering, the fuel infrastructure and maintenance and servicing
The company says the Citaro fuel-cell buses have a range of approximately 125 miles (200
kilometers), carry up to 70 passengers and can reach a top speed of about
50 mph (80 km/h). The fuel cell, which generates more than 200 kilowatts of
power, is housed on the roof of the Citaro bus, along with the 5,000 psi
(350 bar) hydrogen storage cylinders.