Mercedes has announced plans to build a new fuel-cell production facility in Burnaby, Canada.
Construction will begin immediately and everything should be finished by early 2012. Following some initial testing, the plant will begin producing fuel-cells in 2013.
According to Prof. Herbert Kohler, Head of e-Drive and Future Mobility, "To consolidate our leading position in the field of alternative drive systems, we are ensuring direct access to the key technologies involved. Following our systematic development of battery expertise together with Accumotive GmbH in Germany, this decision is a further, major step on the road to emission-free driving."
More importantly, the company hinted the "next-generation fuel-cell stack will also be suitable for use in sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or E-Class." While that's not a confirmation of production, it's a pretty strong indication that Mercedes believes fuel-cell technology is ready for the prime time.