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Daimler, Ford, Nissan Agree To Share Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Costs For 2017 Or … – Washington Post

  1. 1. Daimler, Ford, Nissan Agree To Share Hydrogen Fuel-CellCosts For 2017 Or … – Washington PostAs recetly as last week, Daimler was said to be in talks with Ford, and the Franco-Japanese duoof Renault and Nissan, over the development of fuel-cell vehicles.Mercedes-Benz had put development of the B-Class F-Cell, its own fuel-cell vehicle, on holdpending the agreement–reasoning that it couldn’t be sold at a competitive price.The new agreement with Renault-Nissan and Ford will enable each company to sharedevelopment costs–vital if future fuel-cell vehicles are to remain competitive with those fromBMW and Toyota, both of whom recently signed their own tech-sharing deal.Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Nissan and Ford will co-develop a common fuel-cell stack and systemthat can be used by each company, yet utilized in highly-differentiated vehicles. The brands arehoping that high-profile deals such as this will encourage suppliers, governments and theindustry as a whole that hydrogen is worth investing in, making it more viable for mass-marketproduction.“We are convinced that fuel cell vehicles will play a central role for zero-emission mobility in thefuture,” explains Prof. Thomas Weber, board member for Group Research & Mercedes-BenzCars Development, “Thanks to the high commitment of all three partners we can put fuel celle-mobility on a broader basis. This means with this cooperation we will make this technologyavailable for many customers around the globe.”Engineering will be done jointly by each company, at various locations around the world, withthe first fruits of the project expected to be available as soon as 2017.Many are unsure whether hydrogen fuel-cells are even viable on a large scale, and theinfrastructure requirements are even greater than that of electric vehicles.However, with costs split between several large carmakers, we may be seeing the first seeds ofcost-effective fuel-cell development now being planted.Whether that encourages the industry as a whole, and the powers that be in government, is adifferent matter.+++++++++++Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook and Twitter.(c) 2013, High Gear Media. 1/2
  2. 2. Source Article from s-for-2017-or-later/2013/01/28/ad9c03be-6983-11e2-9a0b-db931670f35d_story.html Daimler, Ford, Nissan Agree To Share Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Costs For 2017 Or … – Washington Post 2/2Powered by TCPDF (