FCV Developments at Daimler and Hino and Efforts toward the Realization of a Hydrogen Society

From presentations at the 13th Automotive World Conference 2021



Although the Conference occurred during a state of emergency declared by the Japanese government, this was a new and important topic that attracted a large number of attendees.

  This report introduces the FCV (fuel cell vehicle) development efforts of Daimler and Hino presented at a Special Session at the 13th Automotive World Conference (January 20-22, 2021, at Tokyo Big Sight).


Daimler modular fuel cell engines for automotive and stationary applications

Speaker: Prof.Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, Chief Executive Officer, Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH

  The Daimler Group’s recent developments and future plans were explained in three parts: Development History; New Approach to FC Technology - Modular FC Engines; and Expansion of FC Application Areas and Daimler's Electrification Plan.


Initiatives for the Commercial Use of Fuel Cell Vehicles

Speaker: Hisaki Torisaka, Chief Officer, Advanced Technology Division, Hino Motors, Ltd.

  Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) has announced its Environmental Challenge 2050, in which it has positioned the reduction of CO2 emissions from trucks and buses as an important issue. In his presentation, Mr. Torisaka explained: Hino's History of Environmentally-friendly Technology Development; Future Electrification Policy; Advantages of FC in Heavy-duty Commercial Vehicles; Specific FCV Technologies; and Remaining Issues.


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