Daimler Bets on Hydrogen
In an interview with Automotive News, Herbert Kohler, head of e-drive and future mobility at Daimler said that, out of the two types of electric vehicles, the fuel cell-powered cars would likely benefit the most from the decrease in prices.
"A few years ago, the price was at about 1,500 euros per kilowatt hour for a lithium ion battery. In the midterm we should be at a level of 400 euros,” Kohler told the source. "By 2015, we think a fuel cell car will not cost more than a four-cylinder diesel hybrid that meets the Euro 6 emissions standard.”
This is why, by the middle of the decade, Daimler plans to bring onto the market “a four-digit-number of fuel cell vehicles.” Most of them will be, of course, B-Klasse vehicles, the model on which Daimler is experimenting the most with the alternative power train.
Currently being deployed in several test markets around the world, the B-Klasse F-Cell uses the chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen (whose only byproduct is water) to power its systems.
The fuel cell system which comprises a 136 hp electric motor (290 Nm of torque) with cold-start capability provides a range of 250 miles (400 km).