The Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG, parent group of Mercedes-Benz, have now a signed binding agreement for a joint venture to develop, produce and commercialise fuel-cell systems for use in heavy-duty trucks as the primary focus, as well as other applications.
The ambition of both partners is to make the new company a leading global manufacturer of fuel-cells, and thus help the world take a major step towards climate-neutral and sustainable transportation by 2050.
The Volvo Group will acquire 50 per cent of the partnership interests in Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG for approximately €600m on a cash and debt-free basis. Closing of the transaction is expected during the first half of 2021. The transaction is still subject to merger control review by relevant authorities, as well as other approvals.
“For us at Daimler Truck AG and our intended partner, the Volvo Group, the hydrogen-based fuel-cell is a key technology for enabling CO2-neutral transportation in the future. We are both fully committed to the Paris Climate Agreement for decarbonising road transport and other areas, and to building a prosperous jointly held company that will deliver large volumes of fuel-cell systems,” says Martin Daum, chairman of the board of management of Daimler Truck AG and member of the board of management of Daimler AG.
The joint venture will take advantage of the expertise and extensive experience from several decades of development work on fuel-cells at Daimler.
“In the future, the world will be powered by a combination of battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles, along with other renewable fuels to some extent. The formation of our fuel-cell joint venture is an important step in shaping a world we want to live in,” says Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of the Volvo Group.