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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Fuel Cell Electric Cars - 2015
Image: © 2009 Daimler AG

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.    

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