Increasingly, major automakers are realizing that they will not be able to get consumers to adopt their new green automotive technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells or electric vehicles unless they provide the infrastructure for fueling or charging them. Daimler and Linde are moving forward to build a hydrogen fueling-station system for the whole country of Germany, in order to promote adoption of Daimler’s hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. “The fuel cell represents a decisive step forward for electromobility, as it enables zero-emission driving with high ranges and short refuelling times – and not just for passenger cars, but for commercial vehicles, too,” said Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dr. Dieter Zetsche at the finish of Mercedes-Benz recent F-CELL World Drive in Stuttgart in which three Mercedes-Benz fuel cell cars drove around the world.
There are already nearly 30 hydrogen fueling stations in Germany. The Daimler-Linde plan involves building 20 more, which is a significantly more feasible feat than building the infrastructure needed for a large country like the U.S.
What do you think of this move? Is powering one country in Europe enough to get hydrogen technology into the mainstream? European drivers use their cars for much shorter distances on average than Americans, so we think this might just get hydrogen going in Germany on Daimler’s home turf, but beyond that, who can say?