BONN, Germany, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Deutsche Post AG (German Postal
Service) announced that a Mercedes-Benz MB410E powered by the Electric Fuel
zinc-air energy system, drove from Bremen to Bonn on a single battery charge
in spite of bad traffic conditions and traffic jams, the vehicle drove more
than 424 km, via Hannover, the Weser Hill Country and the Bergische Hills.
The vehicle carried a cargo of 650 kg, had total weight of 4.1 tons, and used
only 94% of its battery capacity.
Deutsche Post AG is performing a large field test of a new generation of
electric vehicles with the zinc-air system developed by the Israeli company
Electric Fuel Ltd. Mercedes-Benz AG, Adam Opel AG, Deutsche Telekom, Electric
Fuel and others are partners in and outside Germany. Altogether, more than
60 vehicles, Mercedes-Benz 41OE, Mercedes-Benz Vito and Opel Corsa Combo will
This is another impressive proof of the superior performance of the
zinc-air energy system. This record has shown that vehicles equipped with the
Electric Fuel zinc-air system can run in normal traffic and can overcome
difficult traffic conditions -- a result which cannot be achieved with any
other battery system. The technological advantages are clear and impressive.
The current field test, with the regeneration plant in Bremen in its
center, will also answer the questions of the economic feasibility of the
Electric Fuel zinc-air energy system.
Deutsche Post AG, with a fleet of 55,000 vehicles, is one of the largest
fleet operators in Europe. Deutsche Post sees electric vehicles using the
Electric Fuel zinc-air energy system as the great chance for the environment.
The battery and the regeneration do not cause any toxic emissions. Electric
Fuel zinc-air batteries are not recharged in the socket but, rather, are
regenerated in an environment-friendly regeneration plant where the zinc-oxide
is electrochemically regenerated into pure zinc.
SOURCE Deutsche Post AG