Dieter Zetsche: Electric cars, better than hydrogen

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Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s CEO has reiterated his belief that electric cars, not hydrogen, is the way forward, in a recent interview with Euro am Sonntag. 

According to Mr. Z, the technology advances made in the electric field have truly advanced in such a manner that range anxiety is no longer an issue.

The ever increasing autonomy and quick charging solutions simply make the current crop of electric vehicles viable even for the most conservatory of clients.

Hydrogen fuel cells, on the other hand, still have a long way until becoming sustainable, for both customers and car makers.

Despite the abundancy of hydrogen in the universe, transforming the element into an everyday fuel is still a chore. Refueling stations are sparse and the cost of implementing the technology on large scale is significant by all margins.

Weighing in on the classic debate electric versus hydrogen, Dieter Zetsche admitted “batteries are more likely to prevail, having become more attractive year after year. Now, electric cars with a driving range of 500 km that can be charged in as little as 20 minutes are ready to reach the showrooms.”

Mercedes is no stranger to hydrogen driven cars, with the small series B-Class already available in certain markets and the fuel cell Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept shining last year at the Detroit motor show. 

In the case of the prototype, the hydrogen used for generating electricity is carefully stored in 5.4 kg tanks at a 700 bar pressure. Power is delivered from two electric motors installed in the rear, each offering an output of 100 kW and 199 Nm. These resources are sent to the rear axle and stand for a total output of 200 kW and 398 Nm. The range was estimated at 1,100 km.

Mercedes will also launch its first large series production fuel cell car next year, a hydrogen propelled model based on the current GLC SUV. READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE.