CARMAKERS Ford, Renault-Nissan and Daimler have joined forces to develop a fuel cell system to try to speed up the availability of zero-emission vehicles.
The companies say that they hope to launch “the world’s first affordable, mass-market fuel cell car” by 2017. It will see a hydrogen electric fuel system created that will be used in different vehicles. The three companies want to encourage others to push on with developing the necessary refuelling stations and they will carry on using a fuel cell which generates electricity from hydrogen and oxygen, while emitting only water.
Raj Nair, group vice president of global product development at Ford, said: “Working together will significantly help speed this technology to market at a more affordable cost to our customers.
“We will all benefit from this relationship as the resulting solution will be better than any one company working alone.”
The statement from Ford, the Renault-Nissan alliance and Daimler stressed the geographic spread of the firms.
It also said it hoped that their co-operation would help “define global specifications and component standards, an important prerequisite for achieving higher economies of scale”.