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Nissan, Ford and Daimler Forge Alliance for FCEV Development

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

There is no doubt that the future of fuel cell technology is a controversial subject. Skepticism for the commercial viability of FCEVs is due to a number of reasons, but it can usually be boiled down to one of two different perspectives – they’re either too expensive or too redundant.

For example, 4 years ago Wired News condescendingly claimed that “it will be 40 years or more before hydrogen has any meaningful impact on gasoline consumption or global warming”. In other words, according to Wired you shouldn’t look for a production-ready FCEV until 2050!

But it’s not just auto-expert-wannabes that abide these negative perspectives… Just a year and a half ago Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, stated that “the car is still too expensive and probably won’t be practical until the 2020-plus period”.

Despite this constant skepticism both within and without the auto-industry, creating a viable FCEV continues to be a major goal for many automakers, including all the major Japanese manufacturers. In fact, there is a good chance that January 2013 will go down in history as the turning point for hydrogen fuel cell technology in commercial automobiles.

Why?

Well, earlier this month we saw two global automotive superpowers – Toyota and BMW – join forces to jointly develop mid-size sports cars, lithium-air batteries, and most importantly, fuel-cell vehicle systems. Today, we see another even bigger alliance being struck. Daimler, Ford and Nissan forged an official pact with the explicit goal being to “speed up availability of zero-emission technology and significantly reduce investment costs.”

In other words, Daimler, Ford and Nissan are determined to create “the world’s first affordable, mass-market FCEVs as early as 2017”. That’s right – their goal isn’t to produce a vehicle in forty years, or even twenty, or ten… They’re aiming to have a competitively priced fuel-cell powered vehicle on the market in just four years.

Undoubtedly there will be naysayers pointing to the complete lack of current commercial availability despite 20+ years of hydrogen research and development. But, technology is always changing, and these three major manufacturers definitely have the budget, determination and expertise to achieve their goal. A press release states that “each company will invest equally towards the project… Together, Daimler, Ford and Nissan have more than 60 years of cumulative experience developing FCEVs. Their FCEVs have logged more than 10 million km in test drives around the world in customers’ hands and as part of demonstration projects in diverse conditions.”

Let Us Know Your Thoughts:

Ultimately, this new Daimler-Nissan-Ford alliance is a huge milestone for FCEV development. With Toyota and BMW also in the competition, GM and Volkswagen are the only automotive super powers left out in the dark. So, the time has come to pick your side:

Which auto-alliance do you think will create a production ready FCEV first – Toyota and BMW, or Daimler, Ford and Nissan?

Which one will be better? Why? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Autoblog Green


Renault, Nissan and Daimler Join Forces to Develop EV for 2014

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Renault, Nissan and Daimler have announced their intention to bring a jointly-devloped EV (electric vehicle) to market by 2014. The new EV venture was announced by Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche at a joint news conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Each partner is bringing something different to the project: Renault – Nissan will focus on engine technology, while Daimler’s focus will be the Lithium ion battery pack. Renault will base its version on the Twingo, whereas Daimler will be using the Smart model as its platform.

Daimler Renault-Nissan partnership to spawn EVs based on Smart and Twingo in 2014

This is one of the fruit of the strategic partnership that Renault – Nissan and Daimler inked back in April 2010, and which also includes development of small cars as well as shared engines.

Nissan CEO Ghosn also announced  a new small car to be based on Daimler underpinnings and to be launched in 2014 under its luxury Infiniti brand. Nissan predicts that the move to smaller luxury cars will continue and that by using Daimler’s platform, it will be able to achieve efficiency gains in the development process. It is thought that the basis of this new Infiniti model will be Damiler’s Mercedes B Class.

Source: Nikkei


Nissan and Daimler Team Up for New Infinti – Production to Be Outside Japan

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that new Infiniti models would be based on a platform developed jointly with Daimler Benz at a joint news conference with the Daimler chairman at the Frankfurt auto show. He also stated that the new models would be produced outside Japan to avoid the strength of the Yen damaging cost competitiveness. It is not clear where production will be relocated to, but reports say it is likely to be to a location or several locations in Europe or China.

Daimler already has a partnership to develop EVs with Nissan’s sister company Renault, so the partnership with Nissan’s Infiniti brand is a logical extension of this.

Source: Reuters (Japanese)