Mercedes, Nissan and Ford have announced plans to collaborate on developments of fuel cell electric vehicles. This new three way agreement expects to result in the production of the World’s first affordable mass market fuel cell electric vehicles by 2017. It is also said to give other manufactures in the industry the signal that it is now the time for heavier investments into developments of hydrogen infrastructure.
All three companies will be sharing investment costs equally
It has been said that all three companies will be sharing the investment costs equally between them of the common fuel cell electric vehicle system, this aims to maximise economies of scale. The work will be taking place across three different continents and the fuel cell stack and results will be used by all three companies to launch seperately branded and highly differentiated FCEVs, which allegedly produce no CO2 emissions whilst being driven.
Thomas Weber, who is the head of research and development of Mercedes Benz explained that it is the companies belief that fuel cell vehicles will be playing a highly central role for zero emissions mobility in the future. He went on to say that due to the commitments that have been made by all three manufacturing partners that the fuel cell e mobility will be spread over a more broad basis. With the co-operations this means that this kind of technology will be widely available to many different customers all around the World.
Group Vice President and the head of global production development of Ford, Raj Nair also said that every company will benefit from the relationship that has recently come about, with hopefully the result at the end being a solution that neither company could have gained whilst working on their own.
BMW and Toyota will also be collaborating
BMW and Toyota also announced a matter of weeks ago that they would also be collaborating on a fuel cell system, also lithium ion batteries and a study into the feasibility of a brand new mid sized sports car.