Volume Production Of Fuel Cell Electric Cars By 2015
STUTTGART, GERMANY - Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG), Ford Motor Company, General Motors / Opel, Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors, Renault, Nissan Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation jointly released a Letter of Understanding (LoU) this week that indicated they had intentions to offer electric cars with integrated hybrid hydrogen fuel cell power capability by¬†2015.
The automobile manufacturers indicated that a key element to marketing electric fuel cell powered cars is an adequate deployment of hydrogen refuelling infrastructures in major¬†city centres throughout the world. The photograph in the article shows the 2010 Mercedes-Benz's B-Class F-CELL hydrogen powered electric hybrid, which will have a limited testing introduction as a¬†production vehicle¬†in select world markets by late 2009.
The automobile manufacturers who signed up to the LoU this week have agreed to support the deployment of¬†start-up¬†hydrogen¬†refuelling infrastructures¬†in¬†Europe, the USA, Japan, and Korea, with Germany and the State of California already in advanced stages of implementing¬†hydrogen refuelling networks.
One of the key motivating factors behind the¬†move to deploy fuel cell electric vehicles is the¬†manufacturer's joint agreement that alternatives like¬†electric cars, hybrid cars, ultra-low emissions cars, and hydrogen fuel cell electric cars are needed to make a significant impact on the reduction in C02 emissions on a worldwide basis, and that¬†innovative solutions need to be implemented in a timely manner to do this.¬†¬†¬†¬†