Mercedes GLC fuel cell due next year

To reach the estimated range of 500km, Mercedes' fuel-cell GLC will come with two hydrogen tanks and a battery pack.

By Mike Duff, Autocar UK calendar 11 Jun 2016 Views icon3438 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
Mercedes GLC fuel cell due next year

A Mercedes GLC hydrogen fuel cell model has been confirmed by the brand, with a production version due next year. 

The GLC F-Cell will also have a rechargeable battery pack, making it the world’s first plug-in fuel cell hybrid. It has a compact cell stack that was co-developed with Ford and fits in the space that would normally be the engine compartment. Electrical power is sent to a motor that drives the rear wheels. There won’t be a four-wheel- drive version.

The need to achieve Mercedes’ target of a 500km (310-mile) range means the F-Cell has two hydrogen tanks, both made from ultra-strong carbon-fibre weave. One is mounted longitudinally under the centre of the car and the other transversely at the back. Total hydrogen capacity is 4.3kg, stored at 700bar and good for a claimed 280-mile/450km range. The extra 30 miles comes from the 8kWh battery pack sited above the rear tank.

Sales will start next year in territories that already have a reasonable density of hydrogen filling stations, including Japan and California..

 

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