Visitors to the British International Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham flocked to the Peugeot stand to see the striking new fire engine concept, the H2O.

The environmentally friendly vehicle is powered by fuel-cell technology, which combines hydrogen and oxygen and produces water, heat and the electricity that turns the wheels.

“If you are fighting fire in a smoke-filled environment, oxygen is drawn from an on-board tank, which also provides oxygen for the occupants of the vehicle” said Wayne Jones of Peugeot Events.

“A lot of manufacturers are investigating fuel-cell technology to power their vehicles, because it's definitely the way forward, but what I like about this is that we're using the thinking to help save lives.”

The fire engine is based on the Taxi PAC concept unveiled by Peugeot in 2001, but it can generate fuel in 'real time', as and when the fuel cell demands.

Published : 24/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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