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German auto makers are hedging their bets on the next step in clean automotive technology by investing in hydrogen fuel cell systems.

Major German auto makers like BMW and Audi are developing hydrogen fuel-cell prototypes, according to a recent Reuters report.

Germany is already investing billions of dollars to convert industries such as steel and chemicals to hydrogen power. Following suit in the massive auto sector is a logical move. And federal elections this Sunday could see the Green party enter a ruling coalition, which would accelerate the push for cleaner technologies.

BMW and Audi are both developing hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicle prototypes. BMW has developed a prototype based on its X5 SUV, and plans to build about 100 cars this year. Volkswagen premium brand Audi has put together a huge team of mechanics and engineers to research hydrogen fuel cell for possible application across VW’s full range. A few prototypes have already been built.

Daimler put a stop to development of its Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL hydrogen fuel-cell SUV last year, but industry sources say the project could get a new lease on life if the European Commission or national policies driven by Green priorities call for development of hydrogen vehicles.

"Whether this (technology) is driven by politics or demand, we will be ready with a product," says Jürgen Guldner, who is in charge of BMW’s hydrogen fuel-cell car program. "We're on the verge of getting there and we're really convinced we'll see a breakthrough in this decade."

Read the full Reuters story.

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