Daimler abandoned hydrogen carsApril 23, 2020
The German concern decided to stop the development of electric vehicles on fuel cells, and at the same time, the small-scale production of the hydrogen crossover Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell.
The hydrogen GLC F-Cell debuted in the summer of 2016. It is equipped with a hydrogen power plant and a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from the mains. The power reserve of the GLC F-Cell is about 500 km. The engineers of Ford and Nissan helped the Germans in developing the model. The agreement provided for the joint development of fuel cell vehicles and their infrastructure. However, of the trinity, only a German company began the production of such machines.
Over the entire existence of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model, several hundred copies were collected, which were distributed among Daimler AG partners. The concern management considered that this direction was unpromising. Then the head of the concern, Dieter Zetsche, relied on conventional battery-powered electric vehicles, which are cheaper to design and manufacture.
Daimler AG plans to use all its groundwork in the field of water-handling units in a company created jointly with Volvo Group, which will develop and produce hydrogen trucks.
Now in the world there are three serial hydrogen cars – Japanese Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity FCV, as well as the Korean Hyundai Nexo. Toyota, Honda and Hyundai each individually continue to invest a lot of money in the development of the topic.
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