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Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell

As part of the global fuel cell activities of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH is responsible for research and development in the field of fuel cell systems for motor vehicles, including hydrogen tank systems, in addition to laying the groundwork for hydrogen infrastructure and carrying out demonstration projects. This also involves the assembly of prototypes, repairs made to existing systems, and the distribution of these systems and individual components.


Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH is founded on a set of profound and long-established expertise in fuel cell technology. Since 1997 activities for the development of fuel cell systems have been concentrated at the Nabern location near Kirchheim-Teck. The original initiator was Ballard Research Inc., founded in 1979 by Geoffrey Ballard in Burnaby, Canada. In 1983 fuel cell technology was developed at Ballard for the first time. 1993 saw the presentation of the first bus to be powered by hydrogen-technology fuel cells. In 2001 the first product of this type was made available on the market.

Alongside fuel cell stacks, the core components of the technology, additional subsystems have been developed for the purposes of energy conversion. In 2005, the company's systems business was the subject of a takeover by DaimlerChrysler and Ford as part of a joint venture. Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH GmbH in Nabern (formerly Ballard Power Systems AG) was assigned the task of developing series-ready fuel cell drive systems. In 2009, Daimler AG acquired Ford Motor Company's 50% share in Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH. Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH has since been a 100 % subsidiary of Daimler AG and a global leader in the development of fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems for vehicle applications.


Fuel cell technology is an integral aspect of the drive system strategy of the manufacturers. This is because the advantages are obvious: A high vehicle range alongside extremely short refueling times, and at the same time broad application possibilities, ranging from passenger cars all the way to city buses. Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH is responsible for system concepts, system development, components and software development, in addition to testing and system validation.

Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH develops all components for the 700-bar hydrogen storage system. The fuel cell units for all current Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and buses come from Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH. In addition, the operation of Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell vehicles and the supervision of H2 infrastructure projects are also among the responsibilities of Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH.


Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH develops its fuel cell systems according to stringent automobile industry processes and Daimler standards for mass production. Zero emissions with the greatest efficiency is the core concept of the development work of Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH

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