The very first Mercedes Benz B-Klasse F-CELL was presented to its new owner, Mr. Vance Van Petten, during an official hand-over at the recently renovated dealership of Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz in Newport Beach.
"As a long-time environmental advocate and supporter of sustainable production and eco-friendly transport, I'm thrilled to be driving a vehicle that I believe represents the future of environmentally thoughtful transportation -- not only does it have zero emissions, but it also provides me with all of the safety technology one expects from Mercedes-Benz," said Mr. Van Petten, Executive Director of the Producers Guild of America.
Mr. Van Petten is part of an exclusive group of people involved in a Mercedes Benz lease program for the B-Klasse F-CELL Hydrogen car. These vehicles will provide driving data to the Department of Energy to support their Hydrogen to the Highways program, as part of an initiative to further develop F-CELL vehicles and gain real-world experience in the US.
Mercedes Benz has selected candidates for its F-CELL lease program through its own survey and vetting process to determine who among the many applicants would become among the first to lease the F-CELL hydrogen vehicles. Those interested in leasing an F-CELL can visit Mercedes Benz's US website to get additional information and apply.
"The introduction of the F-CELL in California marks the beginning of zero emission Fuel Cell technology in the US for Mercedes-Benz," said Sascha Simon, head of advanced product planning at Mercedes-Benz USA. "With a range of 240 miles that never needs to be plugged and more than 15 years of Mercedes-Benz research already committed to the technology, we believe this is a great addition to our fast growing portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles that customers can choose from to best suit their lifestyle."