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March 21, 2001

DaimlerChrysler Sells Fuel-Cell Buses to 10 European Cities

DaimlerChrysler AG, the fifth-largest carmaker, said it's selling its first batch of 30 fuel-cell-powered buses to authorities in 10 European cities that want to cut pollution levels with the new technology.

The buses, which cost 1.25 million euros ($1.13 million) each, are cleaner and quieter than diesel or gasoline-powered models. They run on hydrogen and produce no local emissions, the company said.

The sales ``prove the attractiveness of the fuel cell as an efficient and environmentally friendly power source for the future,'' Wolfgang Diez, head of DaimlerChrysler's bus unit, said in a faxed statement.

Three of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro fuel-cell powered buses will operate in each of the following cities from the end of 2002: Amsterdam; Barcelona; Hamburg; London; Luxembourg; Porto, Portugal; Stockholm; Stuttgart, Germany; and Reykjavik, Iceland. DaimlerChrysler is still negotiating with a 10th European city, said Karin Weidenbacher, a spokeswoman for the company said.

The city authorities will monitor the performance of the buses in the first two years and DaimlerChrysler will use the information to improve its fuel-cell technology. Each bus operator is constructing a filling station that will use gaseous hydrogen supplied by companies including BP Amoco Plc.

Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power will produce 40 percent of the hydrogen used by the buses. A further 40 percent will be produced using natural gas and 20 percent from crude oil.

A tank of hydrogen will take the buses as far as 250 kilometers (155 miles), the company said. The buses take up to 70 passengers.


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