Ford, Daimler, Nissan to research hydrogen cars

Ford,  Daimler, Nissan to research hydrogen cars

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DETROIT - JANUARY 7: The hydrogen logo is displayed on the side panel of the BMW Hydrogen 7, a hydrogen powered car based on the 760i during the press preview days at the 2007 North American International Auto Show January 7, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan. The show draws nearly 7,000 members of the news media from around the world and opens to the public January 13. (Photo by Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Posted on January 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 9:29 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- Ford is joining with Diamler and Renault-Nissan to speed the development of cars that run on hydrogen.

   The three companies expect their alliance to bring affordable hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to market as early as 2017.

   Fuel cell vehicles run on electricity generated from hydrogen and oxygen. The only byproduct is water.

   Under the alliance, each company will invest equally in the technology. They plan to develop a common fuel cell system that each company will use to power its own vehicles. The companies also plan to take advantage of their combined size to reduce costs.

   The automakers say that together they have 60 years of experience developing fuel cell vehicles. Their test vehicles have traveled more than 6.2 million miles.
 

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