Daimler fuel cell system development director Christian Mohrdieck told a conference in Stuttgart recently that by the 2012-2015 time frame they will be able mass-produce fuel cell cars on a cost competitive basis with other technologies. If so that would be put them only a couple of years behind General Motors, which expect to be able to do that by the end of this decade. So far Daimler has built over 100 fuel cell vehicles that have accumulated over 2.3 million miles of testing. When Daimler announced in 1990 that they wanted to have fuel cell vehicles in production by 2005, they underestimated the problems of bringing aerospace technology to cars. However, years of development seem to be getting very close to producing a cost-effective stack. Hyundai also recently announced that they want to build fuel cell vehicles in that same time frame and GM is developing a fuel cell version of the Volt in parallel with the ICE version. Now there is just the pesky problems of producing and distributing all the hydrogen.

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