Recently, Mercedes-Benz came out with the Project One, and that probably is the company's most powerful hypercar to date, giving out as much as 1,000 horsepower. But during Frankfurt, the German automaker introduced us to something more environmentally friendly. This includes models like the EQ A Concept, Vision EQ Fortwo, and the GLC F-Cell in its pre-production stage. The F-Cell is actually a fuel-cell powered luxury crossover that owners can plug in when charging the batteries.
Thanks to its unique powertrain, the GLC was made with a plug-in hybrid that works with a fuel cell stack instead of a combustion engine. All in all, the GLC F-Cell has a total output of 197 horsepower (147 kilowatts) and 258 pound feet (350 Newton-metres) of torque. In terms of range, this setup has a range of 272 miles (437 kilometers) in the New European Driving Cycle test.
The fuel cell portion comes with two carbon fiber tanks that carry as much as 9.7 pounds (4.4 kilograms) of hydrogen. One of the tanks is found under the rear seats, while the other is on the area where the driveshaft usually is.
Like the GLC Plug-in Hybrid, the downside is a small raised area in the luggage compartment. This is because the new technology of the GLC is 30 percent smaller compared to the fuel cell in the B-Class. The new engine also makes 40 percent more output, which is great considering that it uses 90 percent less platinum too when being produced, reducing costs.
On the other hand, there is the 13.8-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery, that when charged, can go 30 miles (49 kilometers).
There are settings that let the driver choose which of the two systems to make use of. On Hybrid mode, the driver can select which powertrain to use. The hydrogen system will be prioritized on F-Cell mode, while the battery will be put to work on Battery. Lastly, you can charge the batteries to maximize the powertrain on Charge mode.
When looking at the GLC F-Cell, it looks just like the rest of the lineup. Well, apart from the blue accents and the F-Cell badges. There is also a multifunctional touchpad that recognizes handwriting. This is set to debut in Frankfurt.
Currently, Mercedes-Benz has a test fleet of GLC F-Cells. So far, the company is deciding how to bring this model to the market - whether to sell the model or have it rented out to customers. Though we do expect to see this model out in the United States by the end of 2019.