Fuel cell research for mobile applications began 30 years ago
On 25 February 1991, development of a fuel cell unit to power an electric vehicle began with a project proposal from Dornier GmbH in Friedrichshafen, then a member of the Group. Such fields as digital and computer electronics as well as space travel enriched the Group’s knowledge pool, which also benefited the traditional field of automotive technology.
Dornier was developing systems for manned space travel, including an AFC fuel cell (alkaline fuel cell) to be used for supplying energy.
Just two years development time for the very first demonstration model
Within only a few weeks, they had developed a well-defined concept for a drive module and presented it to Weule. This was not very long for the development of a technology that had, up to that time, never existed in that shape. But the objective of emission-free mobility was tempting: the electric current for the drive motor was generated by electrochemically converting hydrogen, the only by-product of which was water.
The rest of the story is history and the rapid development phase was a success. This was a further milestone in the innovative history of Mercedes-Benz.
The fuel cell in commercial vehicles
Daimler Truck AG has focused on the further development and application of fuel cells in heavy trucks and urban buses. In 2020, Daimler Truck AG celebrated the world premiere of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, a fuel cell concept truck. Also last year, Daimler Truck AG founded Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG to bring together all the fuel cell activities throughout the Group. Christian Mohrdieck, who has been responsible for and actively promoting fuel cell activities at Daimler in various management positions for more than two decades. Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG is to be transferred to a joint venture with the Volvo Group.
Feb 27, 2021 at 00:27