Sierra Club applauds Daimler-Chrysler's promise to put cleaner cars on the road

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he Sierra Club has praised Daimler-Chrysler's new clean-burning fuel-cell vehicle, which will be available for purchase by the public in 5 years. The company has announced that by 2004 it will sell cars powered by a methanol fuel-cell that emit half as much pollution as autos now on the road.

"By showing that you can make a car that pollutes only half as much as the cleanest gasoline-powered cars on the road, Daimler-Chrysler has set a new standard for other car companies to meet," said Daniel Becker, Director of the Sierra Club's Global Warming and Energy Program.

The Daimler-Chrysler vehicle will emit half the amount of global-warming pollution as the cleanest cars on the road today, and it will emit almost no smog-producing pollutants.

"The shining irony in Daimler-Chrysler's announcement is that it comes in the same month as Ford's roll-out of its giant 12-mile-per-gallon Excursion," Becker said. "Ford earned heaps of scorn for their Excursion gas-guzzler, but Daimler-Chrysler deserves a round of applause for their commitment to sell cleaner cars.

"Sierra Club calls them as we see them," Becker added. "When Ford introduced the new, massively polluting Excursion, we renamed it 'The Ford Valdez - Have You Driven a Tanker Lately?' However, with the Daimler-Chrysler fuel-cell auto, we can't wait to see them on the road and are looking forward to a healthy competition to see who will make the cleanest car."

  Contact: Allen Mattison, (202) 675-7903, Daniel Becker, (202) 547-1141