We firmly believe in e-mobility with fuel cell as a viable drive option. However, the successful commercialization needs a strong partnership and cross-sectoral teamwork. The Hydrogen Council unites partners from all major industry sectors. Together we underline the importance of hydrogen for the energy transition and send out a strong signal.
Go beyond! The potential of hydrogen beyond the automobile – e.g. utility, industrial and domestic solutions – is manifold and requires the development of new strategies.
Our many years of experience with fuel cell technology pays dividends in our new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL. The compact design of our fuel cell system is really outstanding and as a world’s first, we combine it with a large, additional lithium-ion battery which can be conveniently charged using plug-in technology. We are very proud to be able to hand it over to first customers in Germany this year.
The biggest challenge does not lie in the maturity of the technology anymore. We see three major factors to decide on the success of the fuel cell in automotive applications:
Infrastructure, costs and – of course – customer acceptance. Part of the solution is the further development of our modular fuel cell system in order to get the costs even more down. Regarding customer acceptance we have already made excellent progress and will do further important steps with our all new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL. Regarding infrastructure, Daimler is a shareholder of H2-Mobility, a JV which builds up hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Germany.
When it comes to the future of mobility, zero emission technologies are an integral part of Daimler’s strategy. The importance of hydrogen goes far beyond the transport sector, extending into many branches of industry, especially the energy system for the storage of fluctuating renewable energy such as wind and solar.
The automotive industry is in the middle of a huge transformation. Even if the battery technology is currently in the forefront regarding large scale market introduction at the moment – we are convinced that hydrogen will play a vital role in our future energy and transportation system and we have to prepare for this future already today. Battery and fuel cell form a perfect symbiosis. We are just at the beginning.
Due to the intensive team work of the Hydrogen Council I am pretty sure that I will be proudly able to look back on a year of growth. As a result, the Hydrogen Council will have made another big step forward in underlining the opportunities of the H2 power for many different industries.