Hydrogen-powered vehicles get a powerful new advocate

Hydrogen-powered vehicles get a powerful new advocate

February 2, 2013 0 By Erin Kilgore
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Daimler supports hydrogen-powered vehicles

Hydrogen-powered vehicles receive strong backing from newly formed alliance

A new alliance has formed within the auto industry that could herald a bright new future for hydrogen transportation. Last week, Daimler, one of the world’s largest automakers and owner of Mercedes-Benz, reached out to Ford and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The automaker had hoped to team with these companies in order to make significant advances in fuel cell technology, thus making hydrogen-powered vehicles more viable for the commercial market. In such a short amount of time, Daimler, Ford, and Nissan have come together to begin their work on improving fuel cell technologies.

Fuel cell technology continues to be a strong focus for the auto industry

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are a strong focus in the auto industry currently, but technological difficulties and the high cost associated with fuel cells have proven problematic for Daimler. Last week, Mercedes-Benz announced that it will be putting its plans for hydrogen-powered vehicles on hold until 2017. The automaker originally had plans to release its hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2014, along with its competitors in the auto industry.

Daimler, Ford, and Nissan team to make progress in fuel cell technology

The new Daimler, Ford, and Nissan alliance will focus on ways to improve hydrogen fuel cell technology. Together, the three companies will work to develop a fuel cell system that will be used in the hydrogen-powered vehicles that each company produces in the future. In the near future, this fuel cell system will be made widely available to the auto industry as a way to drive down the cost of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The sheer size and influence of the alliance may be able to spark innovation within the next year, quickly revolutionizing hydrogen transportation.

New fuel cell systems may be available for future generations of clean vehicles

The alliance believes that its work on hydrogen fuel cells will be an extreme benefit to the auto industry as a whole. Most of the world’s automakers are currently developing hydrogen-powered vehicles, with plans to release these vehicles to the commercial market over the next two years. While the alliance is not likely to develop a fuel cell system that will replace the ones that automakers are already committed to using, the next generation of fuel cell vehicles may be equipped with the technology born from the newly formed coalition.