The appreciation we mentioned earlier is linked to the plan forwarded by the German government to local automakers, which states that by 2020, the federation should have no less than 1 million vehicles on its roads. Needless to say, the plan translates into incentives and state support for the implementation of the technologies.
"Germany is a world leader in the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. We now need to build on this lead. Our goal is clear: today we are building the best cars in the world, and in the future we also want to build the best electric cars in the world. To achieve this we need marketable, practical products, because the success of electric mobility will depend to a great extent on acceptance by users,” said the German minister.
“This is why we are promoting electric mobility not only with batteries, but also with hydrogen and fuel cells. In cities, on short journeys, I see great potential for electric cars with batteries. On longer routes, electric vehicles featuring fuel cells present an interesting option."
Already being deployed in several markets around the world, the B-Klasse F-Cell is to form the backbone of the Daimler electric vehicle offensive.
The model is powered by a fuel cell system, which includes a 136 hp electric motor (290 Nm of torque) and works based on the chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen. A fuel cell system generates electricity from this reaction, with the only byproduct of the process being water.