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Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL PHEV makes use of battery and fuel cell for operations

German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz has created a new plug-in hybrid vehicle that combines the power of two technologies –electricity (battery) and fuel cell (hydrogen). In short distances, it relies on pure electricity. When there is a need to travel over long distance, this plug-in hybrid relies on the power of fuel cell. This is the new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL PHEV.

Using the Mercedes GLC as the base, this technological showcase isn't a futuristic vehicle, but is a real SUV that will be delivered to customers at the end of October 2018. It was originally envisioned as a plug-in hybrid, but now represents an important step by the German carmaker in the development of fuel cell technology.

As engineered, the Mercedes GLC F-CELL PHEV features four operating modes: Battery, Charge, F-Cell and Hybrid. All operating modes are supported by an energy recovery function that allows energy to be recovered during braking or coasting, then store it in the lithium-ion battery.

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Film on Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL’s trip in Death Valley now out

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson are showing in a film the huge potential of Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL offers on a trip in California's Death Valley, which is considered as one of the driest places in the face of earth. Diane and Jackson have been driving of the B-Class F-CELL for over two years.

The popularity of this vehicle which only emission is pure water has been on the rise, especially among endurance enthusiast.

In fact, in the United States alone, an F-CELL fleet of around 70 vehicles has already covered more than 1.6 million kilometers and has saved around 113,500 liters of fuel and almost 270 tons of carbon dioxide in the process.

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Mercedes-Benz F-Cell World Drive stops in Kazakhstan due to an accident

Mercedes-Benz wants to prove that the technology that underpins its B-Klasse F-Cell -- the world’s first fuel cell car -- is reliable enough to deserve going into mass production but unfortunately, its publicity stunt had an accident.

On Jan. 30 of this year, three Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell models set off from Germany for a drive around the world. The trip will be through 30,000 kilometers (about 18,700 miles) in around 125 estimated days.

On May 11, the “Number 3” car met an accident in Kazakhstan and won’t be able to complete the trip. No one was injured and the car is far from being a write-off but there’s no possibility for local repairs.

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Mercedes-Benz is set to prove reliability of B-Class F-Cell cars via world drive

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Mercedes-Benz plans to take the party to many places throughout the world by having three B-Class F-Cell Mercedes go on the road for a 125 day, 14 country, 18,641 mile drive.

Formula 1 racing drivers Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and David Coulthard were on hand during the first leg of the trip, as the car was driven onto the stage at Mercedes’ anniversary celebration. But for the rest of the trip, driving will be done by journalists and various dignitaries.

Daimler AG’s Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche and German Chancellor Angela Merkel fired the opening shot during the launch. This trip will be the first time that production fuel cell vehicles will circumnavigate the earth.

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Everybody loves electric cars but we have to admit that some of them are quite expensive. Still, there is hope that by 2015, the electric cars will cost no more than a four-cylinder diesel hybrid that meets the Euro 6 emissions standard. At least, this is what Herbert Kohler, head of e-drive and future mobility at Daimler believes.

Kohler also added that: "A few years ago, the price was at about 1,500 euros per kilowatt hour [for a lithium ion battery]. In the midterm we should be at a level of 400 euros,"

According to the same Kohler, Daimler is currently working fast and hard to get more fuel cell cars on the road. As you may know already, the German car manufacturer spent the past year running a test fleet of its B-class fuel cells cars. Now it plans to launch a second-generation of the car, which will use the new front-wheel drive architecture.

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Mercedes-Benz won’t just tell you how practical and functional hydrogen an alternative fuel is, the carmaker aims to prove it by having its B-class F-Cell driven around the world. This marketing ploy -- the ‘Mercedes-Benz F-Cell World Drive’ -- is meant to promote hydrogen fuel cell powered cars. One thing that the carmaker would want to emphasize is that refueling the F-Cell takes only three minutes.

It’s quite poetic how the carmaker has planned for the F-cell to circumnavigate the world in 125 days on the year of the company’s 125th anniversary. 

The roughly 18,500-mile drive starts in Stuttgart, Germany, on January 30. Then the car will follow the route through Portugal, the US, Australia, China, Russia, Sweden and then Denmark. The last stop is in Germany at the start of June. Three B-class F-Cell Mercs will take part in this long drive.

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At the North American International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz revealed that it has decided to let the SLS AMG E-CELL enter series production. This is a timely announcement as the automobile will have its 125th anniversary on January 29, during which the carmaker is reaching more groundbreaking accents in the field of electromobility.

The battery-electric drive super sports car is able to deliver 392 kW (525 hp) and 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) of torque.

And also on January 29, the "Mercedes-Benz World Drive" will officially begin. This marks the start of the first journey across the globe with fuel cell electric drive. Bearing the slogan: “125! Years of Innovation," Mercedes-Benz has on display at the Detroit Auto Show a complete range of very efficient and clean vehicles for the current and future generations.

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Through the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedans and the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell, a fuel-cell-powered Hydrogen Electric Vehicle (HEV), Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) declared its commitment to environmental-friendly efforts with its appointment as the Official Vehicle of the US Open.

The EVs compose 60 percent of the fleet at the 2010 US Open Tournament. In an effort to minimize carbon footprint, Mercedes-Benz specifically designed its F-Cell units with zero emissions along with 75 S400 Hybrid units.

The US Open kicked off its comprehensive environmental program in 2010 in an attempt to come up with eco-friendly initiatives through the years. In 2010, the key goals included composting, energy management, recycling, and utilizing of paper products.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz providing S400 HYBRID and F-CELL vehicles to the 2010 U.S. Open

The apprentices at Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen built the F-CELL Roadster which toured the section of the legendary route taken by Bertha Benz on the previous weekend. Commencing in Mannheim, the car was driven through Ladenburg and Heidelberg.

The roadster did a symbolic passing of the finish line at the shop of the chemist in Wiesloch, where Bertha Benz stopped in 1888 to refuel in the event of the first long-distance journey in the automobile history.

The voyage of the F-CELL Roadster is seen as a representation of what is actually taking place in auto engineering today. During that time Bertha Benz was not yet able to buy the gasoline she needed at a filling station, and for emission-free mobility there is also a dependence on the wide-ranging availability of electric power and hydrogen for the future.

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In the next few weeks, the B-Class F-Cell, Mercedes' first-ever production fuel-cell vehicle, will go into limited production. By next month, the first 200 models would be built and will be delivered to customers who have leased it in the US and Europe.

While the vehicle was on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Dr Thomas Weber, head of research and development, had spoken to media and broke the news.

The hydrogen-electric hybrid is claimed to be comparable in performance to a 2.0-litre petrol car, but its zero-emission powertrain can manage the equivalent of 86.6mpg on the combined cycle.

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Mercedes-Benz's first production fuel-cell vehicle, the B-class F-cell, has just been launched. A total of 200 models will be produced later this year and will be sent to customers in the United States and Europe who have leased it in early 2010.

Claimed to have the same level of performance as a 2.0-liter petrol car, the hydrogen-electric hybrid car is propelled by an electric motor that produces 134 bhp (100 kW) of peak motive and 214 lb.-ft. (290 Nm) of max torque. At its core is the new generation of the compact, high-performance fuel cell system, that allows gaseous hydrogen to react with atmospheric oxygen at 700 bar, thereby generating a current for the electric motor to use.

Its zero-emission powertrain can manage the equivalent of 86.6 mpg on the combined cycle. This is an equivalent of 3.3 liters of diesel per 100 km in the NEDC (New European Drive Cycle). The hybrid car has a range of approximately 250 miles.

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