As previously announced (see H2-international, August 2020), Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group have embarked upon a joint venture in which each company holds a 50 percent ownership stake. At the beginning of March 2021, the two organizations announced that the company formerly trading as Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG had been renamed cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG.
According to company reports, the new joint venture intends to develop, manufacture and commercialize production-ready fuel cell systems for heavy trucks. The stated aim is to become a “world-leading manufacturer of fuel cells” in order to ensure that transportation becomes climate neutral and sustainable by the year 2050. Initial customer trials of fuel cell trucks are forecast for 2024, with series production due to commence in the second half of the decade.