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The fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) sector has received a boost with the announcement that Ford, Renault-Nissan, and Daimler have made a three-way agreement to work together and accelerate the development and commercialisation of fuel cells. Under the agreement they intend to launch the “world’s first affordable, mass-market fuel cell electric vehicles” by 2017.
Raj Nair, the Group Vice President for the Ford Motor Company, explained that, “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.”
Mitsuhiko Yamashita, the Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., said that “we look forward to a future where we can answer many customer needs by adding F.C.E.V.s on top of battery E.V.s within the zero-emission lineup.”
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Professor Thomas Weber, a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, said, “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.”
The three companies have a combined 60 years of experience in developing FCEVs, and the plan is to develop a common fuel cell that can be used by all in their own electric cars.
A deal of this size will also encourage developments to support the emerging FCEV market, such as hydrogen refilling stations, and other infrastructure and policy changes that are needed.
By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com
Joao is a writer for Oilprice.com