Daimler still sees potential in fuel cells

Daimler still sees potential in fuel cells

February 2, 2018 0 By Erin Kilgore

Daimler has not yet given up on hydrogen fuel cells

Most of the world’s major automakers are making efforts to produce clean vehicles, but some are divided on what technology to use. Some are committed to using batteries in order to power new cars, while others are interested in hydrogen fuel cells. Daimler is one of the companies that have an interest in both technologies, though it favors one in particular. Daimler is eager to develop new clean vehicles equipped with advanced battery technology, but the automaker has not yet abandoned fuel cells.

Mercedes-Benz is showing off its new fuel cell vehicle

Daimler has been relatively critical of fuel cells in the past. The automaker believes that these energy systems hold some promise, but they may not be as attractive to consumers when compared to batteries. Indeed, batteries are less expensive than fuel cell systems, but they are also less efficient and somewhat less convenient for consumers due to their long charge times. While Daimler has been wary of fuel cell technology, the automaker has shown some support for vehicles equipped with them. Notably, the company’s Mercedes-Benz brand showed off its new fuel cell vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.

GLC F-Cell combines batteries and fuel cells

The vehicle highlights Daimler’s continued interest in new and innovative technology. Mercedes-Benz new GLC F-Cell model looks to combine the two technologies that Daimler is interested in. The vehicle is equipped with both a battery and fuel cell system. Daimler believes that fuel cells would be ideal for larger vehicles, such as the GLC F-Cell. These large vehicles have high energy needs, which fuel cells may be able to meet better than batteries alone.

Automakers are working to improve fuel cell technology

Daimler has criticized fuel cells in the past due to their high cost and lack of infrastructure support. Major automakers are looking to resolve these issues, however. Many have begun investing in new fuel cell technology, which is less expensive than current systems. Others have begun to work together in order to develop new fuel cell systems that are more efficient and less costly.

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