By Joseph White
DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co
The Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp venture, based in Burnaby, British Columbia, will close this summer, Ford said in response to an inquiry by Reuters.
Despite years of research and investment by major automakers and startups, vehicles powered by fuel cells remain a tiny niche in the global vehicle market.
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Ford "will take fuel cell stack development in-house, as well as leverage the supply base, and close Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp. by summer 2018," the Dearborn, Michigan, automaker said. "Both companies will continue to explore ways to cooperate on developing fuel cell stack modules."
Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche earlier this year indicated that the German automaker was shifting its focus towards battery-electric vehicles.
The venture employed about 200 people, according to its website.
(Reporting by Joe White in Detroit; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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Updated Date: Jun 14, 2018 02:05 AM