WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement on today's official launch of FedEx Freight's fuel cell lift truck fleet in Springfield, Missouri.
"Today's announcement in Springfield is another example of how the Recovery Act is working to create jobs across the country," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "This investment is part of a broad effort to improve America's competitiveness, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and support the country's leadership in the clean energy economy of the future."
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT
The Department of Energy has awarded FedEx Freight $1.3 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to deploy fuel cell lift trucks at their Springfield, Missouri facility. FedEx Freight has installed 35 hydrogen fuel cell systems as battery replacements for a complete fleet of electric lift trucks at their existing service center. A permanent hydrogen fueling infrastructure has been built, including liquid hydrogen handling and gaseous compression, storage, and dispensing equipment for two indoor dispenser stations. Success at this service center may lead to further fleet conversion at some of FedEx's additional 470 service centers. Partners on this project included Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Plug Power, Inc., located in Latham, New York.