Mercedes has confirmed rumors that is has partnered with the The Linde Group that was its fuel supplier for the recently concluded World Drive, which used three B-Class F-Cell cars to travel around the world. This partnership is for the establishment of a network of hydrogen fuel stations in its home country of Germany. This initial network of 20 stations is Mercedes’ response to the lack of refueling points for its hydrogen-powered vehicles. The first three cities targetted for the network are Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg, to be followed soon after by an additional two cities which Mercedes will identify in due time.
According to Dieter Zetsche, Daimler Board Chairman, “The fuel cell represents a decisive step forward for electromobility, as it enables zero-emission driving with high ranges and short refuelling times – and not just for passenger cars, but for commercial vehicles too. In partnership with Linde, we are now taking the next step by getting things going on the infrastructure side. 20 new hydrogen filling stations will give the market a major stimulus.”