Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will be adding to its fleet of electric vehicles with two DaimlerChrysler fuel cell passenger cars for daily use.

Since the Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Learning Demonstration Project kickoff in Washington, D.C., DaimlerChrysler has delivered 15 fuel cell vehicles to customers in California and Michigan. This handover makes the total 17, with more to announce in the near future, DC said.

Through daily use, the F-Cells will supply DaimlerChrysler and SMUD with operational experience and technical data that will help improve the next generation of fuel cell vehicles, the company maintains.

In support of the federal Freedom Car Program, SMUD is moving forward with hydrogen fuel cell technology with DaimlerChrysler and BP to conduct hydrogen fuel cell vehicle testing. SMUD will operate the DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicles in various activities from public outreach events to high mileage testing. These efforts support SMUD’s research and development policies helping to create clean transportation alternatives for the community.

“DaimlerChrysler has invested over $1 billion in hydrogen fuel cell technology,” said Mark Chernoby, Vice President, Advance Vehicle Engineering – Chrysler Group. “We have more than 100 fuel cell vehicles on the road gaining valuable experience. This effort signifies our sincere commitment to hydrogen and its future as an energy source.”

The largest fleet of fuel cell vehicles in the world is managed by DaimlerChrysler. The SMUD F-Cells are part of the 100+ fuel cell vehicle fleet DaimlerChrysler has put into service around the world. The data collected through vehicle operation will contribute to the DOE Hydrogen Learning Demonstration Project.