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DaimlerChrysler's "Real World" Advanced Vehicle Technologies Take Main Stage at SAE 2003 World Congress

Warrendale, PA,, Feb. 26, 2003 - minivan is the Chrysler Group's third generation fuel cell concept vehicle. The Natrium is fueled by extracting hydrogen from sodium boro-hydride, a compound chemically related to borax. This unique method of providing hydrogen for a fuel cell gives the Natrium a range of 300 miles without giving up any interior cargo or passenger volume. Most prototypes compromised significant space with the use of a hydrogen storage tank. Sodium boro-hydride is a naturally-occurring substance that is commonly used in laundry soap and is available in significant supplies in the United States and other countries. Sodium boro-hydride is non-toxic and non-flammable, and it can be recycled.

The SAE World Congress is the largest event dedicated to automotive engineering and technology. DaimlerChrysler Corporation is the host of the 2003 event, which is expected to attract 40,000 participants from over 40 nations. Both Ford and General Motors will join DaimlerChrysler in exhibiting advanced vehicle technologies on the exhibit floor during the SAE 2003 World Congress.

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