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Fuel cell cars hit roadblock as Nissan-Renault pulls out

Alliance suspends project with Daimler to focus on electric vehicles

Nissan Motor Co's new Leaf
Nissan Motor and Renault have decided to focus on electric cars such as Nissan's Leaf, the world's top-selling electric vehicle.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor and Renault have decided to suspend a plan to commercialize a fuel cell vehicle that they were developing with Daimler and Ford Motor.

Under a project launched in 2013, the European, Japanese and U.S. partners had planned to develop standard components that would help all four reduce their development costs. Nissan and Renault led the development of fuel cell stacks -- the vehicles' power source -- while Daimler focused on combining those stacks with components such as motors into a viable fuel cell system. The team was determined to come up with an affordable, mass-production fuel cell car as early as 2017.

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