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The Strategic Cooperation Between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance Forms Agreement with Ford to Accelerate Commercialization of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Technology

January 28, 2013

YOKOHAMA, Japan, January 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

        - Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., have signed a
          unique three-way agreement for the joint development of common fuel cell system to
          speed up availability of zero-emission technology and significantly reduce investment

        - Collaboration expected to lead to launch of world's first affordable,
          mass-market fuel cell electric vehicles as early as 2017

        - Unique collaboration across three continents and three companies will help
          define global specifications and component standards

        - Sends clear signal to suppliers, policymakers and the industry to
          encourage the further development of hydrogen infrastructure worldwide

Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., have signed a unique
three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicle
(FCEV) technology.

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The goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop a common fuel cell electric
vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the
technology. Each company will invest equally towards the project. The strategy to maximize
design commonality, leverage volume and derive efficiencies through economies of scale
will help to launch the world’s first affordable, mass-market FCEVs as early as 2017.

Together, Daimler, Ford and Nissan have more than 60 years of cumulative experience
developing FCEVs. Their FCEVs have logged more than 10 million km in test drives around
the world in customers’ hands and as part of demonstration projects in diverse conditions.
The partners plan to develop a common fuel cell stack and fuel cell system that can be
used by each company in the launch of highly differentiated, separately branded FCEVs,
which produce no CO2 emissions while driving.

The collaboration sends a clear signal to suppliers, policymakers and the industry to
encourage further development of hydrogen refueling stations and other infrastructure
necessary to allow the vehicles to be mass-marketed.

Powered by electricity generated from hydrogen and oxygen, FCEVs emit only water while
driving. FCEVs are considered complementary to today’s battery-electric vehicles and will
help expand the range of zero-emission transportation options available to consumers.

“Fuel cell electric vehicles are the obvious next step to complement today’s battery
electric vehicles as our industry embraces more sustainable transportation,” said
Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., supervising Research and Development. “We look forward to a future
where we can answer many customer needs by adding FCEVs on top of battery EVs within the
zero-emission lineup.”

“We are convinced that fuel cell vehicles will play a central role for zero-emission
mobility in the future. Thanks to the high commitment of all three partners we can put
fuel cell e-mobility on a broader basis. This means with this cooperation we will make
this technology available for many customers around the globe,” said Prof. Thomas Weber,
Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars

“Working together will significantly help speed this technology to market at a more
affordable cost to our customers,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product
Development, Ford Motor Company. “We will all benefit from this relationship as the
resulting solution will be better than any one company working alone.”

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