What Does Fuel Cell Alliance Mean for Near Future?

Fuel cell Mercedes

Hydro­gen fuel cell vehi­cles have been on the hori­zon for a long time now with very lit­tle in end results. Hon­da has sold a very small num­ber of FCX Clar­i­ty fuel cell cars since putting them on the mar­ket, and the same is true of the Mer­cedes-Benz F-Cell lux­u­ry car. It was some­what sur­pris­ing to see a major alliance declared between Daim­ler, Ford, and Nis­san to devel­op a com­mon fuel cell sys­tem that could lead to an afford­able fuel cell car by 2017. Fuel cell engines pro­duce elec­tric­i­ty through a cat­alyt­ic mem­brane where an elec­tric gets stripped from hydro­gen to pow­er the car. The waste prod­uct is only water that comes out of the tailpipe. Some ana­lysts think it has the great­est poten­tial for green trans­porta­tion – yet the cost for pro­duc­tion and installing hydro­gen fuel­ing sta­tions is huge. The chal­lenges are there, yet these three glob­al automak­ers may be pre­pared to invest.

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  • Warren Patrick says:

    Seems like a no brain­er to me. Zero emmis­sions. The end of the inter­nal com­bus­tion engine as we know it!

    It is time to move on. Big oil will nev­er let this hap­pen.

    The admin­is­tra­tion will nev­er pump enough mon­ey into the infra­struc­ture to help it sur­vive a glim­mer of hope.

    I am all for it — the whole hybrid/electric thing is the wrong approach.

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