On Tuesday morning, during a media roundtable discussion in New York, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler and head of Mercedes-Benz, unloaded details on the automaker's upcoming, mass-produced fuel cell vehicle. According to Inside Line, Zetsche told reporters that:
Zetsche says that Mercedes-Benz' first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle – most likely to be based on the B-Class – will launch in 2014. While Zetsche says that M-B has "not defined prices" for the production version of the vehicle, he did reveal that the automaker's goal is to price the vehicle so that it's competitive with a diesel hybrid. So, how much does a diesel hybrid cost? Well, according to Zetsche and everyone else we've talked to, they won't come cheap.The product is ready for the market technically. We have proven that by sending three vehicles with a fuel cell around the globe without any relevant problems. The issue is infrastructure. We made this trip to prove technology is ready and we need partners to take care of infrastructure. We intended to go for volume production in 2015, but because of the experience of the world tour we have pulled forward.