Future of firefighting unveiled 
Peugeot has designed a futuristic electric fire engine called the H2O

The concept car went on display at the Paris Motor Show in September 2002

It has an auxiliary power unit which can supply firefighting equipment such as pumps, smoke extractors and emergency communication systems.

Citroen first showed the fuel cell technology in a taxi demonstrator vehicle last year.

The cell needs hydrogen, which is made on board, and oxygen which is drawn from the air or a back-up tank in smoky conditions.

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Official website: http://www.peugeot-avenue.com/concept_cars/en/cc_h2o_fiche.html

H2O is not just a futurist fire prevention vehicle produced by the creative people at Peugeot. H2O produces electricity and water using fuel cell battery technology. Hidden underneath the playful and dynamic appearance of a fire engine lies a very innovative propulsion method. H2O, built on a Partner Electric base, uses the fuel cell battery as a source of on-board energy and features a major innovation for this technology: the hydrogen is produced in real time, based on the system's needs, which means it can overcome the problems associated with storing pressurized hydrogen. 

With its generously proportioned air intake, feline-shaped lights and plunging muzzle-like bonnet, the front of the vehicle is strongly identified with the Lion. The rear is reserved for the tank and a telescopic ladder. At the bottom of the rear end panel, instead of the exhaust (no longer needed) there are two connections for the water feed or the branch pipe. Naturally, the color is "fire engine red", reflected in the interior with nicely matching touches of metal. 

The cabin is designed for 2 firemen and to hold modern command and operating equipment, such as GPS, telephone and a touch screen on the dashboard. A second screen is linked to a PC and shows the map of the buildings.

Watch the H2o video

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