DaimlerChrysler Gives Driver’s Ed a Fuel-Cell Boost

May 31, 2006

Chalk one up for public relations, future technology and the drudgery of driver’s education in the U.S. DaimlerChrysler proudly points out this week that over the past year, some newly minted drivers have had the rare chance to pilot a fuel-cell-powered vehicle to the DMV in California for their driving test. DC is acting on President Bush’s State of the Union call for a hydrogen future in the U.S., particularly in the automotive world by offering some driving students the chance to drive their Mercedes-Benz F-Cell on their maiden voyages as licensed drivers. Curiously omitted from the chirpy press release—well, as chirpy as Saxons can muster—was any mention of how long the line at the DMV was, how surly the employees were, and how many attempts DC allowed at the parallel-parking maneuver before throwing their hands up in frustration. (If it was 1985 and this was our test, that magic number would be three.)

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