Fuel-cell powered vehicles are likely to become the next big thing in non-gas powered vehicles, and today Nissan, Daimler and Ford announced that they are joining forces on creating a new common fuel-cell system that will be put to use in what the companies call “the world’s first affordable, mass-market” fuel-cell vehicle.
All three companies will invest equally in the project, and they say that the fuel-cell tech could be ready to hit the roads as early as 2017. Cumulatively, the three companies have logged over 10 million km in test drives in their own individual fuel-cell vehicles. Once the technology is ready, each company will install it in very different vehicles, to make sure that consumers don’t think it is just a rebadged version of the same car.
“Fuel cell electric vehicles are the obvious next step to complement today’s battery electric vehicles as our industry embraces more sustainable transportation,” said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, board of directors member and executive VP of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
The development will take place in several locations around the world, which will help define global specifications and component standards in all parts of the world. The collaboration may also lead to the production of other fuel cell components.
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