Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Goes Around the World in 125 Days

An endeavor worthy of Jules Verne has been devised by German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, who announced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) the start of a 125 days journey across the world using B-Klasse F-Cell vehicles (the number represents the number of years which have passed since Carl Benz patented his first car).

Set to start in the end of January, the journey is meant to demonstrate the effectiveness of the fuel cell system fitted on the car maker's creation. The trip will take the car through four continents, 14 countries and possibly all types of climate imaginable, providing the perfect medium for the hydrogen system to be tested and evaluated.

"With this unique circumnavigation of the world we are emphasizing the high level of technical maturity of our electric vehicles with fuel cell. Such an undertaking would not be possible, using purely battery-powered electric vehicles,"
said Thomas Weber, Daimler member of the board for Group Research and Development.

"Today, as with the invention of automobile 125 years ago, the issue of a corresponding fueling infrastructure arises. But I am confident that together with all of the parties involved we will find a solution that enables us to fully exploit the tremendous potential of this technology."

The model which will embark on the journey provides an operating range of 250 miles (400 km). The power and range come from a fuel cell system which comprises a 136 hp electric motor (290 Nm of torque) with cold-start capability.

The model generates its own power by using a fuel cell system which produces electricity from the reaction between oxygen and hydrogen, with the only byproduct of the process being water.
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