Marcel Michelson, Diana Raine, Steve Bridge.
“The deal is not the biggest financial transaction ever, but the symbolic value of the partnership is huge and could make the small-scale production of the vehicles more viable.”
Marcel Michelson, contributor at Forbes, takes a closer look at the Renault and Bolloré deal and what it could mean for both partners.
“Hydrogen-powered vehicle technology is proven and ready to be used now. It is not a fuel of the future, it is a fuel for today and, with the right support, it has the potential to de-carbonise the transport sector, with little sacrifice to transport performance.”
Diana Raine, European business manager for hydrogen energy systems at Air Products, is disappointed about the Liberal Democrats pre-election manifesto, which does not look at hydrogen vehicles but focuses on battery electric only.
“As we go further down the road of optimised diesel engines, it might become more difficult for pure-electric vans to demonstrate their cost effectiveness.”
Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said that there will be a next-generation electric Vito, but it will have an even harder time to compete with advanced diesel-powered vans in cost perspective.