Daimler introduces fuel cell drive to commercial vehicles

July 02, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
As part of its electrification strategy for vans, Daimler is positioning the fuel cell as an equivalent drive concept to battery electric traction and the internal combustion engine. In addition, new BEV models are to demonstrate the competitiveness of the electric drive compared to conventional traction concepts.

Daimler has presented its Concept Sprinter F-Cell as a technology carrier on the basis of a motorhome, which is to demonstrate the characteristic advantages of the fuel cell: Locally emission-free mobility and a longer driving range than battery-powered vehicles, low system weight, fast refuelling and maximum design freedom. This type of drive is also suitable for commercial applications, for example for longer courier journeys and for minibuses in interurban traffic. In future, the choice of drive system will only be determined by the application profile. The fuel cell drive will thus enter the commercial phase. "Our analyses show that the fuel cell can be a sensible extension of the drive portfolio in both the commercial and private sectors," explained Volker Mornhinweg, head of the Daimler Vans product area.


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