Daimler AG selected Hexagon Composites’ subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln to supply compressed hydrogen gas (CHG) cylinders for Daimler’s next generation of fuel cell electric vehicles. The first in the new generation of vehicles will be the new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL, which will be unveiled in 2017.

“These are next generation cylinders for next generation vehicles,” says Rick Rashilla, Vice President Hydrogen Products. “They are the result of years of research, development and testing with Daimler`s wholly owned subsidiary NuCellSys, a world leader in fuel cell- and hydrogen tank-systems for vehicle applications.”

“Fuel cell technology is an integral part of our powertrain portfolio. The extremely short refueling time is one of the biggest assets of a fuel cell vehicle”, explains Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, Director Fuel Cell at Daimler AG.

Hexagon Composites says its Type 4 cylinders are the best choice for hydrogen applications because of their superior performance in extreme pressure, temperature and fatigue situations. CHG is stored at 700 bar/10,000 psi, which is considered the optimal pressure for hydrogen use. The GLC F-CELL range is about 500 km/310 miles (NEDC) and it can be refilled in about three minutes – the same time as a conventional combustion vehicle.

Back in January, Hexagon Composites announced that it would “step up” its hydrogen fuel tank business by setting up a separate business unit for Hydrogen storage and transportation systems. Since then, Hexagon Composites entered into a joint venture to develop hydrogen fuel projects in Japan, merged its compressed natural gas (CNG) automotive products division with another company and entered into a joint venture to develop compressed natural gas fuel products for the rail industry.