Ford and Daimler have announced the end of their joint venture, Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corporation, which was tasked with developing fuel cell technology.

In a move affecting 200 employees, both automakers plan to bring fuel cell stack development “in-house” with little details given for the move.

“The two companies will continue their development activities independently from each other at their own sites from summer 2018, and will, therefore, close the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation in Burnaby, Canada,” Daimler said in a statement.

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Last April, Daimler alluded to a winding down of its fuel cell plans, with Daimler AG boss Dieter Zetsche citing cheaper batteries for electric vehicles and expedited battery-electric development in its shift away from diesel production. Additionally, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has expressed doubt over fuel cells, calling them “extremely silly” in a February 2015 Automotive News World Congress press conference.

At the moment, the biggest advocate for fuel cell technology is arguably Toyota, which accounts for 76 percent of all hydrogen fuel cell vehicles sold, according to market research and consulting form Information Trends. It also set a goal of selling 30,000 fuel cell vehicles a year by 2020, largely backed by its limited-market Mirai which is mostly sold in California.