Mercedes-Benz has revealed plans for building their own fuel cell plant in Vancouver, Canada. The manufacturing plant will provide new age fuel cells for the Hydrogen powered hybrid cars from the Merc stables. Mercedes had collaborated, efforts with Accumotive GmbH in Germany in battery technology.
According to the company, the new operation aims to cover the entire value chain, from materials R&D to technology for large-scale production. This next generation fuel cell stack will also be suitable for use in sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or E-Class. The Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation (AFCC) formed in 2008 by Daimler, Ford and Ballard now produces the fuel cell stack for the current Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCell Hybrid city bus.
A new facility will be set up immediately on a space of 2000 square feet for the production of fuel cell arrays. The construction of the facility is expected to be completed by 2012 beginning. After a test and commissioning phase, the sample production of the cells will commence by 2013.
These fuel cells not only give higher output and increased efficiency but also eat up very little space due to its compactness.
Mercedes-Benz since 2009 has producing fuel celled B-Class F-CELL in large scale across the US and Europe.
After pioneering automobiles nearly 125 years ago Daimler is visualizing the future of the same with concepts of efficiency, hybridization and emission-free driving.