Mercedes-Benz Opens Automated Automotive Fuel Cell Production Facility in Canada
22 Jun 2012
Mercedes-Benz Canada yesterday (21st June 2012) officially opened its automated automotive fuel cell stack production facility in Burnaby, British Columbia. The 3,300 square metre facility is, according to the company, ‘the world’s first automated automotive facility dedicated to the production and production technology development of fuel cell stacks.’
The decision to manufacture in Burnaby was driven by its proximity to the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) in the Greater Vancouver area where parent company Daimler develops fuel cell stack technology in collaboration with Ford and Ballard Power Systems. Further research on automotive stacks will also take place at the new facility.
The first automated automotive fuel cell stack was produced on 7th June 2012 and following optimisation processes, full series production should commence shortly. Daimler has been prominent in the automotive fuel cell industry for many years. Last year it demonstrated the viability of the technology with a four-month 30,000 kilometre World Drive; this year it has leased the latest iteration of its B-Class F-CELL to more than 35 customers in California, including actress Diane Kruger.