Daimler is one of the few big manufacturers who are betting on multiple technologies, unlike for example Nissan/Renault who are completely bypassing hybrids and focus on EVs alone. Time will tell who has the best hand in this betting game, currently all options are still open at Daimler and they seem ready for anything.
Daimler exec explains challenges, hopes for hydrogen, electric cars
Plugin Cars recently spoke with Daimler’s director of fuel cell and battery drive development, Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, to discuss the company’s stance on the whole hydrogen fuel cell vs. battery powered argument and found out it’s really more of a H2 + EV calculation. Daimler’s current roster, which includes the Smart ED, the A-Class E-Cell and the S-Class plug in hybrid, shows it is quite invested in the battery side of the debate. However, Mohrdieck does acknowledge that electric vehicles have their setbacks. He said, “If you need a larger vehicle, if you need long range, if you need short refueling times, then you have to something else than batteries.”