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Funding of the fuel cell in truck?: Train into nowhere

  • Site author Stefan Grundhoff

The infinite history of the automotive fuel cell goes into the next round. Hyundai recently introduced his Nexo and now Mercedes wants to finally put his GLC Fuel Cell on the streets. But in times it is not too late in times of increasingly favorable batteries for the hydrogen in the car?

In 2011, Daimler organized a large -scale world tour on which the everyday suitability of the automotive fuel cell should be put to the test. A fleet of electrically operated Mercedes B classes chugged almost silently around the globe. The engines were not fed by batteries, but was fed by hydrogen, which can be refueled similarly to gasoline. In a complex process, the hydrogen is converted into electrical energy and drove the B-Class test carriers.

Daimler has been developed since the 80s

The engineer -driven Swabians have been working around the use of fuel cells in cars since the 1980s. A first subject, the MB 100 van, still needed its entire loading space as a mini laboratory to accommodate the technology. This was followed by countless test carriers named Necar in the form of small vans, A and B classes and buses; But it was not enough for the series operation. Asian manufacturers grown in here and let their test fleets whir through Japan, Korea and the USA. Mercedes repeatedly announced the series use of a fuel cell car, but the implementation has so far been guilty. Finally, it should be so far in 2012/33 and a collaboration with the two manufacturers Nissan and Ford should bring tailwind. But the cooperation became a pipe crepe and the fuel cell vehicle for everyone remained in the Unterturkheim development garage.

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"The fuel cell technology is an integral part of our drive strategy," breaks Professor Christian Mohrdieck, head of the fuel cell system area at Daimler, a lance for Saubermann technology, "the advantages for us are clearly obvious: zero emissions, high ranges and short refueling times as well as A wide range of applications from cars to buses, other large commercial vehicles and last but not least for inpatient applications.“But if you see how Mercedes tries to make the customer desire for the future models of EQ electrical fleet and who knows the billion-dollar expenses that are behind the battery-operated electromobility, has doubts that the Daimler managers with skin and hair for that Burning the subject of hydrogen. If the decision on the development of a fuel cell car would be concerned today, the answer would probably not be as positive as years ago. Here it was nodded that the SUV all-purpose weapon GLC should not only be offered as a petrol engine, diesel and plug-in hybrid, but also as a fuel cell variant.

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Mercedes Mercedes GLC F-Cell

The package is right and the crossover is always suitable for everyday use with a range of almost 500 kilometers, but 160 km/h is not much for an SUV praised for its long -distance qualities and that GLC had to be taken out of space problems, just as little as the new Hyundai Nexo. However, the biggest problems of the vehicles with fuel cell are still not with the manufacturers. The petrol station network in Germany is just as thin as that in other countries. 45 petrol stations are in no way sufficient to operate the vehicles competitive to other drive concepts.

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Press Inform / Hyundai Hyundai Nexo

Hyundai presents with the Nexo

The Mercedes GLC F-Cell tries to relieve the thin network structure with the additional battery module of the GLE plug-in hybrids, which delivers almost 50 kilometers of electrical reach. The fact that the 700 bar tanks can be filled in three to five minutes and the tank process is not more complicated than with diesel or petrol is also not changing that. The announcements that the petrol station situation improves significantly in the next few years cannot be heard for the first or second time. The investment is high, because a hydrogen filling station costs a seven -digit amount depending on the number of petrol pumps.

"The high electrical range, short refueling times and the everyday suitability of an SUV will make it a perfect companion," says Mercedes development board member Ola Kallenius, "this is only possible through the compact construction of our fuel cell system. Also a real world premiere is the combination with a large additional lithium-ion battery, which can be easily charged using plug-in technology.“But while the new Mercedes GLC Fuel Cell will be offered as a pure rental model in Germany and Japan from the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, the direct competitor Hyundai Nexo for around 60 is.000 euros also purchase. The Korean has no additional battery pack that supplies the electric motor with performance.

600 kilometers range

With a tank filling in the three carbon containers hidden in the underbody, the Korean swallows 6.3 kilograms of hydrogen and thus enables a WLTP range of around 600 kilometers, while the 4.4 kilograms of hydrogen in the GLC is sufficient for 437 kilometers. "We only have eleven petrol stations in Korea, half of which are research dispensers," said Sae Hoo Kim, head of development of the Hyundai Nexo, "we need 80 to 100 in our country, so that a real initiative will start. But in total it should be at least 400.“This number should also exist in Germany by 2023, but the urge to build up the petrol pumps has so far been manageable everywhere.

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Press Inform / Hyundai Hyundai Nexo

"In 2025 we expect around 20 million electric cars, since the increases were last 40 to 50 percent per year," explains Professor Werner Tillmetz, who has been dealing with fuel cell technology for 30 years, "that would be around a quarter of all new cars. For that one would 1.Need 000 gigawatt hours of battery performance. These are 20 gigafactories, of which Tesla has just one with an investment of $ 100 billion. There is also the raw material problem. The fuel cell does not have the battery problems.“But the technicians of the world have seen the fuel cell in broad series use for many years. And it is not only a problem with the lobby and petrol pumps, but also on the customer acceptance. The emerging trend towards electric cars and hybrids with corresponding accordance width makes the problem for the automobile fuel cell rather increasing.

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Combustion engines are becoming increasingly expensive

And hardly any manufacturer is currently working on the topic with real high pressure, as it is more expensive than ever to make the current combustion engine technologically fit for the next ten years and devour the new investments in the area of electrical drives and battery technology gigantic sums. In this way, only a comparatively small part of the investment remains for the fuel cell. Many manufacturers have completely adopted the fuel cell and large, innovation -driven brands such as BMW, Audi, Volkswagen or General Motors drive the hydrogen area, at least for the car on a small flame. The use of the aging fuel cell stacks has also not yet been clarified. "So far our stack in the Hyundai IX35 has lasted five years," explains Sae Hook Kim, "In Nexo there are 5.000 operating hours or ten years. After that, you can either continue to use or recycled it with a lesser performance, which I tend to."

As difficult as the use of a fuel cell in the car looks, implementation in heavy goods traffic is realistic. It is particularly clear to the providers of large trucks that a truck must carry a battery with them purely electrically, which weighs several tons to cover longer distances. Especially for heavy loads and long distances, the fuel cell would therefore be. Maybe she will still get on the bikes in commercial vehicles. That would fit the Daimler managers well, since the technology of the GLC F-Cell is scalable on vans or trucks.

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  1. Topic: fuel cell for cars
    This has to be clarified first: – What do the batteries cost in the e -car ? That works until 12000. Euro ! After 5-6 years at the latest you need a new battery ! The sales price on the used car is then reduced after 4-5 years ? I can enlarge the radius of the e-mobile to over 500 km ? How long must the E-Mobil battery be charged ? What is the situation of the E-fill stations when I drive abroad ? I sold my diesel and purchased a petrol engine. Now the end of this cocolor is ! Only the little consumer is ripped off !


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