Kohler added that he expects fuel cell vehicles to be less expensive than a comparable battery-powered car within the next five years. Currently, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell is available for lease in the U.S. at a price of $849 a month (plus tax). However, Kohler points out that the F-Cell employs expensive technology that will be replaced with less pricey hardware when the second-generation model launches in 2013-2014. In addition, Mercedes-Benz is toying with the notion of developing fuel cell versions of the A-, C- and E-Class models within the next five years. That's one way to possibly get costs to plunge by mid-decade.
By 2015, we think a fuel cell car will not cost more than a four-cylinder diesel hybrid that meets the Euro 6 emissions standard. By 2013-2014, we want to bring a four-digit-number of fuel cell vehicles to market.
Daimler: Fuel cell vehicles to cost no more than diesel hybrids by 2015
[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]
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