Mercedes-Benz F-Cell

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Daimler AG F-Cell
Mercedes-Benz F-Cell WAS 2011 1048.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Daimler AG
Body and chassis
Class Fuel Cell
Dimensions
Length 3,840 mm (151.2 in)
Width 1,764 mm (69.4 in)
Height 1,593 mm (62.7 in)

The F-Cell is a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle developed by Daimler AG. Two different versions are known - the previous version was based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and the new model is based on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The first generation F-Cell was introduced in 2002, and had a range of 100 miles (160 km), with a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h). The current B-Class F-CELL has a more powerful electric engine rated at 100 kW (134 horsepower), and a range of about 250 miles (402 km). This improvement in range is due in part to the B-Class's greater space for holding tanks of compressed hydrogen, higher storage pressure, as well as fuel cell technology advances. Both cars have made use of a "sandwich" design concept, aimed at maximizing room for both passengers and the propulsion components. The fuel cell is a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC), designed by the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) Corporation.

There are 60 F-Cell vehicles leased to customers in the USA, Europe, Singapore and Japan.

Production[edit]

In September, 2010, Mercedes-Benz announced that a limited run of 500 2010 A-Class based F-Cells will be produced and leased to European customers.[1]

In December 2010, began its B-Class based F-Cell lease program with the first delivery to Vince Van Patten, with a further 69 to be on the roads in California by 2010.[2]

Hydrogen storage[edit]

The 350 Bar (5000 PSI) hydrogen tanks for hydrogen storage contain enough fuel for a 248 miles (399 km) drive.[3] Using 700 Bar (10000 PSI) tanks the range is extended 70% to 421 miles (678 km).[4]

Notable publicity[edit]

  • On May 23, 2006, Daimler announced that its fuel cell vehicle fleets had achieved a combined mileage of over 2 million kilometers (1.24 million miles).[5]
  • On May 31, 2006, Daimler revealed that select individuals in California would be able to take their driving examination in an F-Cell.[6]
  • On July 6, 2006, Daimler leased 1 F-Cell to DHL Japan as delivery car in Tokyo area.
  • On January 30, 2011, three F-Cell vehicles start on a 125 day long lasting journey around the world.[7]
  • On June 21, 2011, Daimler announced it was moving up commercialization of the B-Class F-CELL to 2014 [8]
  • On March 3, 2012 YouTube video uploaded of new F-cell fuel cell, no information known otherwise.[9]

Recognition[edit]

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell was selected by Green Car Journal as one of the five finalists to the 2012 Green Car Vision Award.[10][11]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercedes-Benz unveils the limited production A-Class E-Cell electric vehicle — Autoblog". Autoblog.com. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  2. ^ "US: Mercedes B-Class F-Cell now available in California". Automotive World. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Concept BlueZERO". Autobloggreen.com. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  4. ^ "Daimler is increasing the pressure: extended operating range for fuel cell vehicles | Daimler Global Media Site > Technology > Fuel Cells". Media.daimler.com. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  5. ^ Blanco, Sebastian (2006-05-30). "DaimlerChrysler fuel cell fleet passes two million kilometer mark". Autobloggreen.com. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  6. ^ "California Residents Use Fuel Cell-Powered Mercedes To Get Their Driver's License". Emercedesbenz.com. 2006-05-31. Retrieved 2010-12-19. 
  7. ^ "Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive in Europe: Legs 1-5". Emercedesbenz.com. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  8. ^ Lienert, Anita (2011-06-21). "Mercedes-Benz Fuel-Cell Car Ready for Market in 2014". Insideline.com. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Danny King (2012-01-13). "Tesla Model S, BMW i3 among 2012 Green Car Vision finalists". Autoblog Green. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  11. ^ Sebastian Blkanco (2012-01-26). "Ford C-Max Energi wins 2012 Green Car Vision Award". Autoblog Green. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 

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