Daimler Advances its Series Production of Fuel Cells
Daimler Truck is developing new production facilities at its site in Stuttgart, Germany. The facilities will act as forerunners for Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH's planned fuel cell production.
Daimler Truck is accelerating its planned production of fuel cells. In addition to membrane coating, production will include stack manufacturing and fuel cell unit production. Experts based at the site in Stuttgart, Germany are transferring relevant pre-existing manufacturing processes to the preliminary stage directly preceding future series production.
A clean room with filtered air must be set up for the manufacture of certain parts for fuel cell stacks, for example. This must be able to optimise the ambient air in production because fluctuations in temperature and humidity can lead to significant changes in the materials. Daimler is relying on technology from the packaging industry to ensure short production cycles.
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Fuel cell heavy-duty commercial vehicles for long-haul transportation are expected to be available from around 2025 as part of a planned joint venture with Volvo. "As with the development of fuel cell technology, we benefit also in the field of production from our experts' many years of experience. This means we are already in a position to work specifically on one of our most important milestones, namely the technological template for the series production of fuel cell systems on a large industrial scale," says Andreas Gorbach, Head of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell.