PHOTO CAPTION: Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche with new Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan.

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.


Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell fuel cell sedan production will now be delayed until 2017.

Speculation is that delay decision based on lack of hydrogen refueling infrastructure, though system costs are likely an equally important justification.

Ford Motor Co. 999 fuel cell sets speed record at Wendover, Utah of 207.279 mph.

The collaboration expected to lead the launch of world’s first affordable, mass market fuel cell electric vehicles as early as 2017.

Chevrolet Equinox, one of 100 powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Bob Lutz predicts that 'unless something close to magic happens,' fuel-cells vehicles will forever be expensive 'wall flowers.'


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