Submitted by Benz on 03. Februar 2013
"Given the slow sales (so far) of mainstream electric cars, it’s not a surprise that automakers are taking a harder look at other alternatives to the ubiquitous gasoline-powered internal combustion engine. Ford on Monday announced a new strategic alliance with Nissan and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler under which the automakers will jointly develop a fuel-cell system that could power affordable mass-market cars as soon as 2017.
Fuel cells are electric generators that rely on a fuel, typically compressed hydrogen, to produce electricity without toxic emissions. The idea here is that a fuel cell could replace the (heavy, expensive, awkward to package) batteries in an electric car. The result would be a car that one “refuels” much like a conventional car today – and which has a conventional car’s range — but which emits nothing but water, the only “exhaust” from the hydrogen fuel-cell process."
Has anyone got any comments/opinions/views, or information/expectation on the development of this technology?
By the way BMW and Toyota have recently announced a strategic alliance on this technology as well. Honda and Hyunday are working on this as well.