The fully owned Daimler subsidiary NuCellSys GmbH will operate under the name of Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH from January 2019.
Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH will be based upon deep and long-standing know-how in fuel cell technology. All activities concerned with developing fuel cell systems are actually focused at the Nabern site near Kirchheim-Teck since 1997.
Since 2009 the provider was a fully owned subsidiary of Daimler AG as well as a worldwide leader within the growth of fuel cell and hydrogen systems for vehicle applications. Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH is responsible for system concepts and development, component and software development together with testing and validation. Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH also develops all components for 700-bar hydrogen storage.
“Fuel cell technologies are an inclusive part of our drive system strategy”, says Professor Christian Mohrdieck, Head of Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH and therefore responsible for fuel cell drive system development at Daimler AG. “Zero local CO2 emissions, long ranges and short refuelling times, together with a wide range of applications from cars to buses, other large commercial vehicles without least moreover stationary applications produce the technology a futureproof alternative. By changing the organization name we have been sending a particular signal and emphasising your immediate future relevance of fuel cell technology. Were also dovetailing more closely with Daimler AG.”
The overall drivetrain and the hydrogen storage system with the new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL, which celebrated its market launch just by the end of October, also originates from the fuel cell development centre in Nabern. The constituents and drive unit were exposed to stringent individual and endurance testing using a range of test benches. The primary prototypes were also built here.
There is the latest project about the agenda following development finishing of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL: inside the future years fuel cell technology is also set to electrify the Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus. Previously several dozen Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid city buses already have demonstrated their strengths in public areas service. To use expertise to generate in other automotive segments and big volumes later on, Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH is definitely amid the job of further developing the fuel cell system to make certain that it could be flexibly utilized in the Group-wide electric modular system.