Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

The Army unvieled a new fuel cell vehicle.

The vehicle is tractor trailer containing a methanol-powered fuel cell that powers on-board electronics as well as auxiliary items such as computers, lights and satellite dishes, preventing the need for the truck to idle.

On average, heavy trucks idle 20 to 40 percent of the time, using one to two gallons of fuel an hour, the Army said in a statement. A single idling vehicle can easily consume more than 2,000 gallons of fuel in a year.

The savings for using fuel cells could be dramatic. The Army said it spends nearly $600 a gallon to transport fuel to the battlefield.

But the industry would first have to hurdle the current cost of fuel cell production. Stationary fuel cells cost $4,500 per kilowatts (kw) versus $800 to $1,500 per kw for diesel generators.

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