In the next generation Daimler B-Class fuel cell vehicle, AFCC fuel cells will demonstrate the following progress:
- Increased power (65kW to 100kW)
- Higher stack lifetime
- Higher reliability
- Longer range (170km to 385km)
- Freeze start ability -25°C
To successfully implement this industry-changing technology in commercial automobiles, further collaboration is required between industry, suppliers, governments and research institutes.
Major automakers have committed to commercializing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the 2017 timeframe while acknowledging that numerous electric vehicle options need to be offered to achieve carbon and fossil fuel reductions and address the varied range requirements of drivers.
To reach full commercialization, a quick ramp-up in fuel cell vehicle volumes is required however the infrastructure is needed to support initial volumes.
Specific examples of collaboration and how government can be of assistance include:
- Joint investments in automotive fuel cell pilot manufacturing infrastructure
- Partnered technology research at government research institutes
- Development of a plan to increase the use of alternative fuels without adversely affecting air quality or water quality, or causing negative health effects.
- Investments in hydrogen infrastructure development (including incentives and demonstration projects, particularly for renewable hydrogen)
- The elimination of taxes on hydrogen production or distribution
- Development of policies to spur the adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell products.
- Vehicle purchase incentives through tax credits or rebates.