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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart has successfully completed beta trials of hydrogen-powered electric lift trucks at two of its Ohio-based distribution centers, according to fuel cell provider Cellex Power Products, Inc., which has been working with the retailer on the project.
The zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell-powered pallet trucks met and exceeded uptime, fueling, environmental, and safety targets, according to Cellex, which is based in Vancouver.
"This beta trial success is a significant milestone for Cellex from Wal-Mart's perspective," said Johnnie Dobbs, Wal-Mart's e.v.p. of logistics and supply chain, in a statement. "We really put these Cellex-powered vehicles to the test in our pallet truck applications, and they did the job. Our pallet truck operators were most pleased with their performance and the ease of use. We now understand that operationally this new technology can be utilized in this application."
The beta completion is the culmination of a four-month long field trial of Cellex's CX-P150 fuel cell product. Twelve rider pallet trucks worked in continuous operation, logging more than 18,500 hours of active work with over 2,100 indoor fueling occurrences by pallet truck operators.