Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Electric - Hydrogen Hybrid Truck Manufacturer Goes To War

Vision Intend to Infiltrate Military Market
Shipping News Feature

US – This week saw the California based Vision Industries Corporation, established producers of zero emission electric/hydrogen hybrid trucks and freight terminal tractors, sign a letter of intent with Burtek Incorporated of Chesterfield, Michigan, to work jointly on penetration of the US defence market. The Vision products under consideration for this teaming agreement include Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell trucks; its mobile synthetic hydrogen fuel generation system; and platform, trailer and other vehicle platforms with hydrogen fuel cell power trains as they are made commercially available by Vision.

Both companies expressed their satisfaction at the link up, Martin Schuermann, President and CEO of Vision telling how pleased his company was to be working with a company that has proven itself to be very successful in the military marketplace. The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command is currently soliciting demonstration projects for its experimental, forward operating base exhibit at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA. Burtek will secure a two-week exhibit for hydrogen fuel generation and  the class 8 truck at Quantico and related exhibits in the Washington, DC area this fall.

“Consider the fact that a full 80 percent of all United States Marine Corps fatalities occur in convoys; 40 percent of which are primarily involved in the transport of both water and fossil fuels,” said Dr. James I. Finley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Burtek. “Reducing or eliminating the need to transport fossil fuels and water further entrenches the value of the hydrogen-fuel solution in saving American lives.”