Hydrogen – Fuel Cell Technology, Infrastructure

Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Vehicle Set for 2017

December 03, 2015

Photo of 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC via Wikipedia.
Photo of 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC via Wikipedia.

Mercedes-Benz is set to produce a hydrogen fuel cell powered version of its GLC luxury SUV that's replacing the GLK that will be called the GLC F-Cell by 2017, according to a report from Autocar.

Mercedes’ head of research and development Thomas Weber told the automotive news site that the GLC F-Cell is scheduled to be revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and then reach showrooms the following year, and is targeted to have a combined range for the fuel cell and battery of up to 373 miles.

In addition to this, Weber also said that they are aiming for a refueling time for the hydrogen tanks of three minutes.

With an expected price of around £50,000 (about $74,667), it will likely be offered to customers in selected markets on either a monthly lease or outright purchase program.

As previously reported, BMW is expected to produce a hydrogen powered vehicle by 2020, and both Toyota and Honda have already introduced their own fuel cell cars.

But according to Weber, the price of the fuel stack makes a hydrogen fuel cell model commercially feasible only in higher classes.

“The technology has matured greatly in recent years, with improved packaging and efficiency, but it remains in its infancy and is still quite expensive by conventional driveline standards,” he said.

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