Daimler-Volvo JV targets global fuel cell domination

Freddie Holmes speaks with Matthias Jurytko, CEO of cellcentric, about the company’s push for affordable, efficient and mass-produced fuel cell systems

Nothing has brought manufacturers closer than the move toward zero emissions powertrains. Hydrogen has proven particularly troublesome, but a blockbuster new partnership between two of the sector’s biggest names aims to kick things up a gear. The joint venture (JV) between Daimler and Volvo, cellcentric, aims to create a powerhouse supplier of fuel cell systems.

The new company says that it aims to become a global leader in the production of fuel cell systems. Joint research and development efforts—and a veritable war chest of funding—promise to boost production capacity and drive costs lower. And while there are other factors behind a commercialised fuel cell truck—no less production and distribution of hydrogen fuel itself—the JV promises to catalyse developments not only for Daimler and Volvo, but also for the rest of the industry.

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Matthias Jurytko, Chief Executive, cellcentric

Matthias Jurytko is Chief Executive of cellcentric and joins the company from his prior role as Head of the Mercedes-Benz Truck plant in Wörth. Speaking to Automotive World, Jurytko explained how cellcentric plans to shake things up and why there is space for fuel cell powertrains alongside battery electric.

cellcentric sits in an interesting position: a powertrain supplier that is owned by two OEMs. How would you describe cellcentric’s position in the value chain?

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