New fuel-cell-operated electric car uses a lithium-ion battery as an additional energy source and can be externally charged by means of plug-in technology.
At this year’s IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz is presenting preproduction models of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL as the next milestone on the road to emission-free driving.
Part of the company’s EQ Power brand, the latest electric model (which will go into production) is set to combine fuel-cell and battery technology in the form of a plug-in hybrid. In addition to hydrogen, this SUV will also run on electricity.
Mercedes-Benz says that with 4.4 kg of hydrogen on board, the preproduction model produces enough energy for a range of up to 437 km.
“Our many years of experience with fuel-cell technology pay dividends in the new GLC F- CELL,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Its long electric range, short refueling times and everyday practicality of an SUV will make it the perfect vehicle. This is made possible by the compact construction of our fuel-cell system. Another genuine world first is the combination with a large additional lithium-ion battery, which can be conveniently charged using plug-in technology.”
Mercedes-Benz has announced that the GLC F-CELL will go on sale in select markets by the end of 2019.