Daimler Trucks, Volvo launch new fuel-cell joint venture Cellcentric

To accelerate the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells for long-haul trucks, Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group have launched a new joint venture, Cellcentric.

Designed to help meet the 2050 targets of sustainable transport and a carbon-neutral Europe, Cellcentric will develop, produce, and commercialise fuel-cell systems for both long-haul trucking and other applications. With operations planned to commence in 2025, it will build one of Europe’s largest planned series production of fuel-cell systems.

The two Cellcentric shareholders have called for a harmonized EU hydrogen policy framework to accelerate the roll-out of hydrogen-based fuel cells and support the technology in becoming a viable commercial solution.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric trucks will be key for enabling CO2-neutral transportation in the future,” said Martin Daum, Chair of Daimler Truck AG.

“In combination with pure battery-electric drives, it enables us to offer our customers the best genuinely locally CO2-neutral vehicle options, depending on the application.”

Currently, Cellcentric is conceptualizing the plans for its large-scale series production.

Daimler Truck AG’s and Volvo Group’s goal is to start with customer tests of fuel-cell trucks in around three years and to be in series production during the second half of this decade.

“Together with our partner Volvo Group, we are therefore fully committed to our fuel-cell joint venture Cellcentric and we are both pushing forward the development of the technology as well as the series production preparations. Regarding the necessary hydrogen infrastructure, it is clear that green hydrogen is the only sensible way forward in the long term.”

More details will be revealed over the course of 2022.

Source: Daimler | Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group fully committed to hydrogen-based fuel-cells – launch of new joint venture cellcentric

30 April 2021

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