Message reçu aujourd'hui de la part du service communication de Daimler (le surlignage en jaune a été ajouté par Objectif Terre, les caractères gras proviennent de la part de Madeleine).
1 - Daimler n'abandonne pas la R&D sur l'hydrogène qui, selon le service communication de la marque, présente un intérêt sur le long-terme.
2 - Daimler va mettre dans les années qui viennent le focus sur les véhicules électriques à batterie car elles ils sont bien plus matures.
As promised here a short summary regarding the current fuel cell media coverage. At last week’s auto motor und sport congress (27.03.2017) Dr. Zetsche made some statements regarding the status quo of our fuel cell activities on demand from the audience. Unfortunately there is no record or similar available, but I just sum up the core topics of his statement (as I was on site):
The most important first: There is no change in our plans concerning the technology. Fuel cell technology is an integral part of our long-term powertrain strategy. The presentation of our new generation, the Mercedes Benz GLC F-CELL, is planned for this year. Particularly in view of the still small number of hydrogen filling stations, but also because of the still relatively high technology costs, the market introduction will, of course, be correspondingly selective yet. There is no doubt about the potential of fuel cell technology and hydrogen as energy storage in the context of the entire energy system. With an ever increasing share of renewable energies, hydrogen will certainly play an increasingly important role for the overall energy system and thus become increasingly attractive for the mobility sector.
Nevertheless the battery is currently superior to the fuel cell with regard to a comprehensive market launch - not least because of the cost situation and the infrastructure build-up. Also in terms of energy density, the battery technology has made great leaps and thus reduced the range advantage of fuel cell technology. In the coming years, our focus will be on battery-powered vehicles and the expansion of our EQ platform.
Despite the current focus, we are continuing our activities in the field of fuel cell technology.
Hope that helps…
Global Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars (COM/MBC)
Vehicle RD and Sustainable Mobility
Ma réponse à Madeleine:
Thank you very much for your answer and clarification.
As I can read the communication about the Daimler strategy (B-EV and H2-EV) is quite complex but in my view you're doing it really well ! ;)
For me the most important information is the strong focus of Daimler on B-EV, but I undestand the necessity for you to correct false press titles saying that the Daimler's R&D fuel-cell program is dead, as it is wrong.
Volvo communication is more simple:
" (...) At the same time, Samuelsson expresses doubts about the future of hydrogen-fuel-cell cars, a path being taken by other manufacturers such as , and
I will send you a link to my article on Techniques-ingénieur.fr when published (online tomorow morning).