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Daimler's Zetsche: Practical Fuel Cell Vehicles A Decade Away

Fuel cell stack costs and lack of refueling infrastructure will slow the rollout of practical - affordable - hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Published: 23-Jan-2014

Some people believe hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the immediate future of motoring. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche isn’t one of them.

In a roundtable interview at last week’s Detroit Auto Show, Zetsche told In Auto News that practical fuel cell cars and trucks are at least a decade away.

“There are cost problems with the industrial process of making fuel cells,” he said, noting that this is why Daimler signed an agreement with Ford and Nissan last year to co-develop fuel cell technology, rather than go it alone.

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