The Daimler Truck Division and Volvo said Thursday they will begin producing hydrogen fuel cells in Europe in 2025 through a joint venture, and called on EU authorities to help make the zero-emission technology commercially viable.
German and Swedish large truck makers formed their joint venture Cellcentric in March. They said they would provide more details on the large-scale production of fuel cells in 2022, but said Cellcentric is already ramping up production of prototypes.
“Partnerships like Cellcentric are vital to our commitment to decarbonizing road transport,” Volvo CEO Martin Lundstädt said in a statement.
Apart from the joint venture for the production of fuel cells, the two companies remain competitors. Both hope to test fuel cell trucks in about three years and begin mass production of trucks in the second half of this decade. Two truck manufacturers have called for the construction of around 300 hydrogen fueling stations suitable for heavy vehicles in Europe by 2025 and around 1,000 stations by 2030.