Mercedes-Benz buys hydrogen fuel cells for forklifts

by MM&D staff

LATHAM, New York: Mercedes-Benz International Inc is greening up some of its lift truck fleet.

GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell in a Hyster lift truck

The company has purchased 72 hydrogen fuel cells from Plug Power Inc. The GenDrive fuel cells will replace the existing lead-acid batteries in all of the Hyster electric lift truck fleet that is currently in use at the Mercedes-Benz facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Compact hydrogen refuelling stations from Air Products will be installed onsite.

By eliminating the need to swap out—and hence store—batteries, Mercedes-Benz is able to eliminate its battery room and open that valuable floor space up for storing and moving product.