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Fuel-Cell Vehicles Possible By 2017, Automakers Say

According to several news agencies, the companies Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan hope to bring vehicles fully powered by fuel cells to all consumers by 2017.


Reports indicate that in 2002, Daimler manager claimed that from 2010 onward, vehicles running on fuel-cell electricity would be a feasible and attainable technology. It’s not the first and it will not be the last time a target set by an automaker is not achieved in time.


At this moment, Daimler, Renault-Nissan and Ford have announced the automakers are planning on making fuel-cell vehicles for the mass market and they hope to have these vehicles ready and available to the public by the year of 2017.


As an attorney in California, I’ve seen many automakers failing to achieve their goals, however, auto experts believe that this could be true since the new alliance would work together to cut costs in order to the fuel-cell vehicles a reality by accelerating the introduction of the technology to the market.


The multiple automakers working together to make this a reality have all reported expertise in different areas that combined would make the fuel-cell vehicle a safer and more advanced vehicle. Nissan has been working on groundbreaking auto technology for the last years while Daimler and Ford have been dedicating time and money into the developing of the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, a company that designs and tests fuel-cells. The AFCC is an independent operation, however, Daimler and Ford combined own a 50 percent share of the venture.


The technology is being developed and tested but more must be done before this type of vehicle is available to the public. Real-world conditions must be taken into consideration. Drivers will need vehicles that beat the shortcomings of battery-electric vehicles. The idea behind the fuel-cell electric vehicle may even be a more viable alternative to conventionally powered vehicles.


According to the reports, the range of fuel-cell batteries is superior. Within minutes, the cells can be refueled, which is not true with conventional electric vehicle batteries. The automakers are also confident that the cost in the production of these vehicles should also go down, which could make the technology even more affordable to the average consumer.


If you would like to learn more about this technology and what Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan hope to achieve, click here for the full article.

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