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 be used. 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