Fuel Cell Powered Truck Impresses Drivers as it Takes Part in Bertha Benz Challenge

20 Sep 2012


Proton Motor has taken its PM REX fuel cell powered truck to Germany’s Bertha Benz Challenge where drivers were impressed with its quiet operation and good driveability. The truck, a Smith Electric Vehicles battery-electric model integrated with Proton Motor’s PM REX fuel cell range extender, was first unveiled at the 2012 Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Group Exhibit in April.

Twenty of the vehicles are planned for production and the first are due to be delivered to customers in logistics and trade from June 2013. Potential owners of the remaining units are entitled to a 48% of purchase price support grant under the National Innovation Programme run by NOW, the government-supported organisation for the coordination of hydrogen and fuel cell activities in Germany.

To promote the vehicles Proton Motor has initiated a road show in the North Rhine-Westphalia, Hessen and Baden-Württemberg areas. The highlight of the show has been the vehicle’s participation in the Bertha Benz Challenge. Bertha Benz, wife of Karl Benz, famously made the world’s first long-distance drive in an automobile in 1888 to bring attention to her husband’s invention.

The Bertha Benz Challenge was launched in 2011 to celebrate 125 years since the invention of the automobile; following the same route as Bertha it is open only to sustainable vehicles with the romantic notion that it will draw attention to them in the same way as the original drive drew attention to the very first automobiles.

Proton Motor has seen good performance and reliability from the vehicle, which has travelled over 550 kilometres during the show.


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