Mercedes-Benz F-Cell

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Daimler AG F-Cell
ManufacturerDaimler AG
Production2002 (Concept car)
2010 (B-Class F-CELL)
Body and chassis
ClassFuel Cell
Length3,840 mm (151.2 in)
Width1,764 mm (69.4 in)
Height1,593 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 mi (161 km), with a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h). The current B-Class F-CELL has a more powerful electric motor rated at 100 kW (134 hp), and a range of about 250 mi (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.


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.[1]

Hydrogen storage[edit]

The 350 Bar (5000 PSI) hydrogen tanks for hydrogen storage contain enough fuel for a 248 mi (399 km) drive.[2] Using 700 Bar (10000 PSI) tanks the range is extended 70% to 421 mi (678 km).[3]

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).[4]
  • On May 31, 2006, Daimler revealed that select individuals in California would be able to take their driving examination in an F-Cell.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • On June 21, 2011, Daimler announced it was moving up commercialization of the B-Class F-CELL to 2014[7]
  • On Jan 31, 2014 YouTube video uploaded of new F-cell fuel cell, no information known otherwise.[8]


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.[9][10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "US: Mercedes B-Class F-Cell now available in California". Automotive World. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  2. ^ "Concept BlueZERO". Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  3. ^ "Daimler is increasing the pressure: extended operating range for fuel cell vehicles | Daimler Global Media Site > Technology > Fuel Cells". 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2010-12-19.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Blanco, Sebastian (2006-05-30). "DaimlerChrysler fuel cell fleet passes two million kilometer mark". Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  5. ^ "California Residents Use Fuel Cell-Powered Mercedes To Get Their Driver's License". 2006-05-31. Archived from the original on 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  6. ^ "Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive in Europe: Legs 1-5". 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
  7. ^ Lienert, Anita (2011-06-21). "Mercedes-Benz Fuel-Cell Car Ready for Market in 2014". Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  8. ^ "Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL - into the desert serves as water supply | AutoMotoTV". YouTube.
  9. ^ Danny King (2012-01-13). "Tesla Model S, BMW i3 among 2012 Green Car Vision finalists". Autoblog Green. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
  10. ^ 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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