Mercedes B-Klasse F-Cell Details and Photos Released
"2009 is the year in which we are establishing further milestones where sustainable mobility is concerned. The B-Klasse F-CELL is taking on a pioneering role as the world’s first fuel cell powered automobile to be produced under series production conditions", Thomas Weber, Daimler member of the board said in a release.
The F-Cell draws its power from a combined electric motor and a new generation fuel cell system. Daimler says this is not the F-Cell system
The electric motor develops 136 hp and a maximum torque of 290 Nm, available from the first rotation. It draws power from a lithium-ion battery with an output of 35 kW and a capacity of 1.4 kWh. The battery provide a total range of 385 km (240 miles).
The main setback the B-Klasse F-Cell has to face is the lack of filling stations. Daimler will take part of the problem upon themselves, as it is the only way through which they can ensure a worth-while effort with fuel cell vehicles. To that end, Daimler is already trying to solve the problem together with authorities in Hamburg, Stuttgart and the state of California.
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