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Mercedes Signals End of its Fuel Cell Car Development, Plans are to Focus on Trucks & Buses in the Short Term

By April 26, 2020 2   min read  (225 words)

April 26, 2020 |

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The Stuttgart-based manufacturer seems to have decided not to continue manufacturing the GLC F-Cell and is instead focusing on fuel cell trucks.  At least this was the signal from one of its top officials at a recent event.

The company has issued nothing official, but all indications are that it plans to stop manufacturing any further GLC fuel cells.

On April 21st, 2020 Daimler announced that it was establishing a new joint venture with the Volvo Group in order for both companies to develop, produce and commercialize fuel cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other use cases.

Further Reading:Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG Agree to Joint Venture for Large-scale Production of Fuel Cells

Daimler’s deal with Volvo does seem to leave some room for a further re-development of fuel cells for cars.

At the announcement with Volvo, Daimler Trucks CEO Martin Daum said “The GLC car project is nearly done. As we speak, the last GLC fuel cells will be produced and handed over to customers. At the moment we don’t plan another car.”

Asked by reporters at the event if this deal meant for fuel cell passenger cars going forward, Daum seemed to be optimistic but was non-committal in his response. “We have all the possibilities to come back anytime if there is a market and a necessity,” he said.

 

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