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Daimler, Ford and Nissan confirm FCEV plans

Daimler, Ford and Nissan have signed a three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology.

The partners say that the goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop a common fuel cell electric vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the technology. Each company will invest equally towards the project. 

The strategy to maximize design commonality, leverage volume and derive efficiencies through economies of scale will help the partners to launch the world’s first affordable, mass-market FCEVs as early as 2017.

Together, Daimler, Ford and Nissan have more than 60 years of cumulative experience in creating FCEVs. To date, their FCEVs have logged more than 10 million kilometers in test drives around the world in customers’ hands and as part of demonstration projects in diverse conditions. The partners plan to develop a common fuel cell stack and fuel cell system that can be used by each company in the launch of highly differentiated, separately branded FCEVs, which produce no CO2 emissions while driving.

Analysts say that the collaboration sends a clear signal to suppliers, policymakers and the industry to encourage the further development of hydrogen refueling stations and other infrastructure necessary to allow the vehicles to be mass-marketed.

“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, supervising R&D. “We look forward to a future where we can answer many customer needs by adding FCEVs on top of battery EVs within the zero-emission lineup.”

Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG, added: “We are convinced that fuel cell vehicles will play a central role for zero-emission mobility in the future. Thanks to the high commitment of all three partners, we can put fuel cell e-mobility on a broader basis. This means with this cooperation we will make this technology available for many customers around the globe.”

Raj Nair, group vice president for global product development at Ford, told media: “Working together will significantly help speed this technology to market at a more affordable cost to our customers. We will all benefit from this relationship as the resulting solution will be better than any one company working alone.”

Engineering work on both the fuel cell stack and the fuel cell system will be done jointly by the three companies at several locations around the world. The partners are also studying the joint development of other FCEV components to generate even further synergies.

6 February 2013


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