Daimler, Volvo plan hydrogen gasoline cell manufacturing in Europe in 2025, Auto Information, Automobilnews
LONDON: Daimler AG’s truck unit and Volvo AB stated on Thursday they’ll begin making hydrogen gasoline cells in Europe in 2025 by way of a three way partnership, and known as for EU insurance policies to assist make the zero-emission know-how commercially viable.The rival German and Swedish makers of enormous freight-hauling vans fashioned their three way partnership, cellcentric, in March. They stated they would offer extra particulars on large-scale gasoline manufacturing in 2022, however that cellcentric was already scaling up prototype output.
“Partnerships like cellcentric are important to our dedication to decarbonizing street transport,” Volvo Chief Govt Martin Lundstedt stated in a press release.
Other than the fuel-cell three way partnership, the 2 firms stay opponents. Each hope to check fuel-cell vans in about three years and begin mass producing vans within the second half of this decade.The European Union has been pushing tighter emission requirements, fueling a increase in zero-emission electrical automobiles.
However as batteries in electrical autos are very heavy, hydrogen gasoline cells are seen as a extra viable zero-emission energy techniques for long-haul freight sooner or later.
Gasoline cells produce electrical energy from hydrogen, emitting solely water.
The 2 truck makers known as for the development of round 300 hydrogen refueling stations appropriate for heavy-duty autos in Europe by 2025 and round 1,000 stations by 2030.
Earlier this 12 months, carmaker Stellantis stated it’s going to start deliveries in Europe of its first medium-sized vans powered by hydrogen gasoline cells by the top of 2021.
Stellantis famous on the time that Germany at present has 90 hydrogen stations, and France simply 25 – a tiny fraction of the hundreds of petrol stations accessible for fossil-fuel autos at this time.
As zero-emission vans are considerably dearer than fossil-fuel fashions, Daimler and Volvo stated a “coverage framework is required to make sure demand and affordability.”
The 2 firms stated insurance policies ought to embody subsidies for “CO2-neutral applied sciences and a taxation system primarily based on carbon and vitality content material.”