Daimler Adds More Hydrogen Filling Stations In Germany

Daimler is expanding the number of hydrogen filling stations throughout Germany, adding two more in Sindelfingen and Pforzheim.

Daimler joined forces with Linde and Shell in 2015 and intends on installing as many as 400 hydrogen filling stations by 2023 across Germany and by next year, plans to have 100 of them up and running.

Discussing the new stations, head of CASE and e-Drive Development at Daimler AG, Jochen Hermann said “Our new fuel-cell vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC is on the starting block. Of course, if it is to be a real alternative for customers, a comprehensive H2 service station network is needed. Together with our partner H2 Mobility, we are working intensively on expanding the network. Zero-emissions, long-range mobility will soon be a reality in Germany.”

Daimler’s decision to improve hydrogen infrastructure across Germany comes despite its limited focus on the alternative power source. Soon, the company will offer the GLC F-Cell to the public but it is expected to be its sole hydrogen model.

In fact, Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche hinted just a few months ago that battery costs are decreasing so rapidly that it makes more financial sense to build electric vehicles than hydrogen ones. Consequently, Mercedes is embarking on an ambitious project to launch a fleet of electric vehicles in the coming years under its EQ name.

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  • Kannag Don Amenra

    VHS vs Betamax, HD-DVD vs BluRay; I wonder who will win this round. I’ll put my money on batteries but the world is unpredictable.

    • Deckard_Cain

      Oil companies are betting on hydrogen, so that to me is a reason to just focus solely on electrics.

      • That’s a very good point. One aspect I’ve not analysed is obviously they’ll go out of business if they don’t have a product to sell – you certainly couldn’t make profit from electric rates on battery chargers. Interesting.

      • Mopey

        People keep saying this. Which oil companies are betting on hydrogen? The same ones that supply natural gas for electric generation that recharge battery EVs? Please enlighten me, I am eager to learn.

    • Michael_66589

      Winner will be only one: ICE. H2 and electric have no chance.

      • Status

        You’re not a winner if you have no oil.

        • Michael_66589

          Dont forget that there are other sources like natural gas, propane alcohol, etc.

  • sidewaysspin

    An alternative to fossil fuels where you don’t spend 8 hours recharging seems more sensible to me.

  • Mopey

    Hi Brad, please correct your last paragraph.

    You claim: “In fact, Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche
    hinted just a few months ago that battery costs are decreasing so
    rapidly that it makes more financial sense to build electric vehicles
    than hydrogen ones. Consequently, Mercedes is embarking on an ambitious
    project to launch a fleet of electric vehicles in the coming years under
    its EQ name.”

    That was misreported and Daimler asked the reporters to correct the statement: A rough translation of the Daimler statement would be: “With the previous orientation, nothing changed. […] We need the hydrogen. […] Daimler sees a future in the fuel cell.”

    https://www.hzwei.info/blog/2017/04/27/entwarnung-daimler-bleibt-bei-der-brennstoffzelle/

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