Ford, Nissan and Daimler Form Partnership to Develop Fuel Cells image

Ford, Nissan and Daimler plan to form a partnership which will accelerate the commercialization of EV technology.

The three automakers will develop a common fuel cell system which is to be used in what they call “highly differentiated, separately branded fuel cell electric vehicles” by 2017. Ford, Nissan and Daimler said that they will help define component standards, global specifications and develop the infrastructure solutions needed to mass-market the fuel-electric vehicles.

Fuel-cell electric vehicles are powered by electricity from oxygen and hydrogen and emit only water while driving. The electricity used for powering the electric motors is produced on-board in the fuel cell stack through an electro-chemical reaction between the oxygen in the air and the hydrogen stored in the high-pressure tank.

“We are convinced that fuel cell vehicles will play a central role for zero-emission mobility in the future. This co-operation will make technology available for many customers around the globe,” said Thomas Weber, head of R&D at Daimler, at today’s announcement.

The news about the partnership between Ford, Nissan and Daimler comes several days after Toyota and BMW announced a similar joint venture. Toyota and BMW plan to complete a concept for a mid-size sports car by the end of 2013 and a fuel-cell vehicle system by 2020. The two automakers will also collaborate to develop lightweight technologies, composites for example, which will help make vehicles greener.