Ford Daimler Join RenaultNissan to Develop Car Fuelcell

Ford, Daimler Join Renault-Nissan to Develop Car Fuel-cell

"The collaboration sends a clear signal to suppliers, policymakers and the industry to encourage further development of hydrogen refueling stations and other infrastructure necessary to allow the vehicles to be mass-marketed," the companies said.

PARIS -- Renault-Nissan have signed a deal with Daimler (IW 1000/18) and Ford (IW 500/6) to develop a fuel cell which would equip electric cars from 2017, the companies said.

The three groups plan to hold equal shares in the project and expect to launch the first large scale production of affordable fuel-cell powered vehicles in 2017.

"The collaboration sends a clear signal to suppliers, policymakers and the industry to encourage further development of hydrogen refueling stations and other infrastructure necessary to allow the vehicles to be mass-marketed," the companies said.

Electric vehicles already represent a major development strategy for Renault-Nissan, and fuel cells, which used a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, are presented as a complement to that effort.

The companies aimed to "maximize design commonality, leverage volume and derive efficiencies through economies of scale."

Nissan has already signed a similar agreement with fellow companies Toyota (IW 1000/8) and Honda (IW 1000/30), and Hyundai (IW 1000/54) to sell vehicles equipped with fuel cells in Scandinavian countries from 2015.

Copyright, Agence France-Presse, 2013

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