Mercedes is one of the manufacturers who has worked the longest and most active fuel cells and hydrogen cars. GLC F-Cell last autumn was long, now it's the first customer.
The new feature of GLC F-Cell is that, unlike its predecessor, it is a hybrid. It has a battery as well as a fuel cell – a "power plant" that converts hydrogen into electricity.
Interaction between battery and fuel cell, long distance and short-term stopping fuel makes the car suitable for a family car. But then it's like finding a hydrogen station then.
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Two pressure containers in the car floor contain 4.4 kg of hydrogen. Thanks to the standard 700-bar tank technology, they can be filled up for about three minutes – about the same time when thinking of a gasoline or diesel engine.
With a hydrogen consumption of about 1 kg at 100 kilometers, the GLC F-Cell's potential for hydrogen is approximately 430 kilometers. In addition, the battery ensures that you can drive up to 51 km if you have full load.
The maximum engine power of 155 kW – up to 211 hp – will ensure dynamic driving performance.
Hybrid Drive automatically combines the benefits of two power sources with the chosen driving program – Eco, Comfort or Sport.
The driver may also ignore automation by selecting one of the following modes:
hybrid – The car receives power from both power sources to provide maximum power.
F-Cell – The battery capacity is stored unchanged while the fuel cell energy is powered by an electric motor.
battery – Only the power is detected from the battery while the fuel cells are resting.
to charge – Batteries are charged to a maximum, e.g. before the tank stops to reach the maximum range.
The biggest challenge for fuel cell vehicles is access to hydrogen stations, so GLC F-Cell is currently the only German project with very limited propagation.
Mercedes will focus on seven of the largest cities offering hydrogen supply, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne.
It does not help to bring cash in cash. No one will buy a car – it will be offered only in the case of full service rental, which includes all maintenance and repairs.
Currently, customers now using cars are state agencies and organizations, but also large companies, such as Deutsche Bahn.
Other stakeholders, including individuals, will be able to rent a car, either temporarily or permanently, from the spring of 2019. However, at the moment, this offer will only be applied to Germany.