US Army Unveils Fuel-Cell APU Truck

Methanol fuel cell APU to help cut heavy truck idle time, saving fuel.

Published: 06-Mar-2003

NEW YORK - The United States Army on Tuesday unveiled its first truck equipped with a fuel cell, a prototype of a vehicle that one day may cut the enormous cost of carrying fuel to the battlefield.

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.

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