Mercedes, Ford and Nissan to develop joint fuel cell technology
Ford, Nissan and Daimler, the company behind Mercedes-Benz, have
all agreed to jointly develop hydrogen fuel cell technologies for
production as soon as 2017.
The three-way agreement, which covers research into fuel cell
stacks and associated systems, will initially see a common fuel
cell powertrain developed for use by all three brands in otherwise
completely differentiated cars.
The trio of mammoth companies also hope that their co-operation,
which will stretch across three continents and potentially four
brands thanks to Nissan's technology-sharing partnership with
Renault, will help to standardise the type of fuelling systems
needed to quickly develop a useful hydrogen refuelling
It is widely accepted that cost is the last major barrier
between hydrogen-powered cars and high-volume sales, and by working
together with equal investment from each party the aim is to spread
the costs out over a larger scale of production, making fuel-cell
electric vehicles (FCEVs) viable for a much lower price.
Together, Daimler, Ford and Nissan have more than 60 years of
cumulative experience developing FCEVs. Their FCEVs have logged
more than 10 million km in test drives around the world in
customers' hands and as part of demonstration projects in diverse
In a press release Mercedes said: "The collaboration sends a
clear signal to suppliers, policymakers and the industry to
encourage further development of hydrogen refuelling stations and
other infrastructure necessary to allow the vehicles to be
"Fuel cell electric vehicles are the obvious next step to
complement today's battery electric vehicles as our industry
embraces more sustainable transportation," said Mitsuhiko
Yamashita, Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice
President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., supervising Research and
"We look forward to a future where we can answer many customer
needs by adding FCEVs on top of battery EVs within the
"Working together will significantly help speed this technology
to market at a more affordable cost to our customers," said Raj
Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor
"We will all benefit from this relationship as the resulting
solution will be better than any one company working alone."
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