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Joint venture for large-scale production of fuel-cells: Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG sign binding agreement for new fuel-cell joint venture

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For the 2nd time the 24h Hydrogen Rally took place, in which the Daimler Truck Fuel Cell started with 8 teams. The 24h Hydrogen Rally is a unique event, where only hydrogen-powered cars are competing, demonstrating once again to the world the possibilities of driving with hydrogen. For the participants, the race is above all a strategic game, where the ultimate goal is to win.

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  • Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, a fuel-cell truck with a range of up to 1,000 kilometers and more for flexible and demanding long-haul transport – customer trials in 2023, start of series production in second half of this decade.
  • Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul, a battery-electric truck with a range of about 500 kilometers for energy-efficient transport on plannable long-haul routes – projected to be ready for series production in 2024.
  • Mercedes-Benz eActros, a battery-electric truck with a range of well over 200 kilometers for heavy urban distribution to go into series production in 2021.
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  • Experts at the Stuttgart site are developing new, state-of-the-art production facilities as the technological template for subsequent series production.
  • Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG: “We are pursuing the vision of the CO2-neutral transportation of the future. The hydrogen-based fuel cell is a key technology of strategic importance in this context. We are now consistently following the path towards the series production of fuel cells and are thus doing absolutely pioneering work – and this goes beyond the automotive industry.”
  • Andreas Gorbach, Head of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell: “As with the development of fuel cell technology, we benefit also in the field of production from our experts’ many years of experience. We are already in a position to work specifically on one of our most important milestones, namely the technological template for the series production of fuel cell systems on a large industrial scale.”
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  • Andreas Gorbach and Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck are the managing directors of the new fuel cell subsidiary.
  • The new company is later to transition into a joint venture planned with Volvo Group.
  • Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG: “The establishment of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG is a very special milestone for our company, because our new subsidiary is to be the immediate predecessor organization of the joint venture. In it, we will now bring together the great expertise and enormous wealth of experience from several decades of development work on fuel cells at Daimler – and combine it with the right know-how in connection with trucks.”
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  • The Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit focuses on development and sale of fuel-cell generators as MTU emergency power generators.
  • Fuel cells are to be supplied by the planned Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group joint venture.
  • First demonstrator to be operational by end of year.
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Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group share the vision of sustainable transport solutions.

Successful commercialization of fuel cell technology is a key area to achieve CO2- neutral transport.

50/50 joint venture for development and large-scale production of fuel cells for applications in heavy-duty vehicles and other use cases.

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Lab1886 supports Rolls-Royce Power Systems in a pilot project for stationary fuel-cell systems

Zero emissions, long ranges, short refuelling times and a broad application spectrum from passenger cars and buses, to commercial vehicles: the arguments in favour of the fuel cell speak for themselves and make the technology an integral part of the Mercedes-Benz drive strategy. Its potential, with regard to the transformation of energy and transportation, is huge. However, hydrogen and the fuel cell have clear strengths in applications other than just for mobility:

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Daimler has been very familiar with fuel cell technology in vehicles for many years. The know-how could soon be used for entirely new purposes - outside the transport sector. Together with the industry leaders Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Power Innovations (PI) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), fuel cell systems will be used in stationary power supply systems.

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At this year's IAA in Frankfurt we are presenting preproduction models of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell as the next milestone on the road to emission-free driving. Under the technology designation EQ Power, the latest electric model from the Mercedes-Benz family is doubly electrifying, for, in a world first, it is set to combine innovative fuel-cell and battery technology in the form of a plug-in hybrid: in addition to hydrogen, the all-electric variant of the popular SUV will also run on electricity.

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There are currently 23 Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL hybrid buses in operation in 6 cities around Europe. This is clean technology that can serve as a basis for other vehicle types. Fuel cell buses are already blazing the path towards the future.

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500 kilometer range and fully suitable for daily use: The new Mercedes GLC F-Cell connects two environmentally friendly drive technologies. A world first that guarantees a tremendous driving experience at an affordable price.

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Six companies and five associate partners from the automobile, gas and oil industries have united behind one common goal: To supply Germany with hydrogen filling stations.

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And the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell as a water source. In doing so it has passed an endurance test in one of the driest locations in the world. The experiment shows the sort of exceptional possibilities offered by the fuel-cell drive system.

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Does fuel cell technology have the potential to circle around the globe? The adventure began as a party of three Mercedes-Benz B-Class vehicles with fuel-cell technology set off westward from Stuttgart. The journey stretched across four continents.

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