BMW is increasing the use of hydrogen in assembly line equipment powered by fuel cells, including fork lifts and motorized parts delivery carts. The fuel cells also will help power the company's vehicle test fleet, which has doubled in the past few years to more than 200. The additional fuel cell material – hydrogen – is being manufactured at BMW's four million square foot factory in Spartanburg, SC.
FedEx freight in Springfield, IL has decided that battery-powered forklifts simply aren't up to the task of hauling packages around its extensive facility. Apparently, those electric forklifts required, "an eight-hour charge followed by an eight-hour cooling-off period." After charging and cooling, the battery-powered forklifts provided about eight hours of actual run time. Turns out, most FedEx facilities operate round the clock. So, it seemed quite obvious that the forklifts should be operatio