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Parcel firm to trial fuel cell Sprinter

UPS, the world's biggest parcel service, has joined forces with DaimlerChrysler to test and develop the Mercedes-Benz fuel cell Sprinter.

A collaboration agreement, under which fuel cell models will be tested in commercial practice, has been drawn up between DaimlerChrysler, UPS and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a fuel cell Sprinter was presented to UPS at the DaimlerChrysler plant in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Dr Rolf Bartke, head of Mercedes-Benz vans at DaimlerChrysler, said: 'Looking to the future, fuel cell technology is the most promising alternative drive concept, which is why DaimlerChrysler is encouraging its practical application in collaboration with select customers.

This Sprinter offers customers the opportunity to be one of the front runners and to familiarise themselves with the latest innovations at an early stage.'

Rudolf Schulz, director automotive, UPS Europe and Asia, added: 'The hand-over underlines the positive collaboration between UPS and DaimlerChrysler when it comes to testing new technology.

The use of fuel cell technology ties in with our efforts to cut down on the use of fossil fuels by actively protecting the environment.'

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