Daimler conferred IAHE Sir William Grove Award 2012

Daimler AG was conferred the prestigious IAHE Sir William Grove Award 2012 for their contribution to the study of fuel cell technology. This esteemed award was part of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference held in Toronto and the prize was awarded for the 8th time by International Association for Hydrogen Energy. Sir William Grove was a British inventor who was instrumental in production of electricity with the held oaf hydrogen and oxygen in 1839 and is the pioneer of such fuel cell technology.

Daimler is also a pioneer in this fuel cell technology and began research in the 1980s when they first brought out their fuel cell electric vehicle NECAR 1 in 1994. It is ever since then that the company is forging ahead in this technology and making major contributions to fuel cell technology from time to time. The company has now developed a number of models with this alternative fuel be it passenger cars or big buses. Innovations were continually being carried out so as to reduce side and weight of the engine to offer lighter and more compact vehicles and the company is seeing tremendous success with their B Class F CELL which was launched in European and US markets in 2010.

The vehicle generates power for its electric engine on board from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Its tank can be filled with hydrogen in three minutes and provides a range of 400 kms. It possesses a 100 kW electric motor and provides driving pleasure and performance equated to a 2.0 liter petrol engine. This technology is what has prompted German magazines such as Auto Buid and Auto Test to vote the B Class F-CELL as best electric vehicle with fuel cell securing the eCar award in 2012.

News release: Daimler receives prestigious IAHE Sir William Grove Award 2012

International Comittee honors the Daimler AG for its technological achievements in the subject of hydrogen as an energy carrier

As part of this year’s World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Toronto, Canada, the Daimler AG was given the IAHE Sir William Grove Award in recognition of his leadership in the field of fuel cell technology. This prize was awarded for the 8th time by the International Association for Hydrogen Energy in honor of the British inventor Sir William Grove, who the first produced electricity with the help of hydrogen and oxygen in 1839 and is considered to be the father of the fuel cell.

Daimler draws on its extensive experience as a pioneer in fuel-cell technology. Starting its research activities in the 1980s, the company introduced its first fuel cell electric vehicle, the NECAR 1, in 1994. Since that time, Daimler continues to focus on fuel cell technology, viewing it as a resource-saving alternative to the combustion engine and has developed until now a number of models with this alternative drive system: From passenger cars to city buses. Performance and reliability were steadily enhanced while reducing the size and weight of the drive system. With the B-Class F-CELL, already delivered to customers in Europe and the US since 2010, the company has reached series conditions and is now planning to launch the next generation of electric vehicles with fuel cell.