Three automakers to research hydrogen cars in joint venture

Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan have joined forces in a joint venture and hope to speed development of cars that use hydrogen fuel cells and only emit water vapor and heat.
By TOM KRISHER Published: January 29, 2013

Joint venture

The companies said that engineering work on the individual fuel cells and the overall hydrogen system will be done jointly by the companies at several locations around the world. They also are studying joint development of other parts for fuel-cell vehicles in an effort to bring down costs.

Work will be done at the site of a previous fuel cell joint venture between Ford and Daimler in Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as a Daimler facility in Nabern, Germany, and a Nissan operation in Oppama, Japan, Ford spokesman Alan Hall said.

Hall said he was not aware of an executive being appointed to run the joint venture.

The automakers say that together they have 60 years of experience developing fuel cell vehicles. Their test vehicles have traveled more than 6.2 million miles.