Written by Kfir Kedem – May 12, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG have initiated a joint venture with the goal of commercializing fuel cells for their heavy duty trucks and other special application vehicles. This joint venture resulted in a daughter company that is called “cellcentric” (the lowercase is not a mistake). The overarching goal is to utilize the 30+ years of joint fuel cell experience in order to increase research & development, production, and commercializing through mutual marketing campaigns.
The current fuel cell is still in the prototyping phase. What is already known is that its output power is 150 kW and that two cells can fit in the space that a current diesel engine takes up. This means that with the same spatial requirements, 300 kW can be outputted. More details will become available in 2022.
Auto Trendy’s take:
This joint venture could and most likely will lead to an amazingly robust fuel cell that would be perfect for long-haul bulk transport, it would be less of a benefit to volume transport, where light items are transported and as much space as possible helps. Knowing the two companies, they will likely find a solution to this as well. Another thought that comes to mind is about the hydrogen network. We now know that there is extremely serious focus on the development of the cell, but without a well-planned hydrogen charging network in place, there is not much benefit to it. It would be interesting to see what is cellcentric’s plan to counter the charging situation.