DaimlerChrysler has delivered a fleet of Mercedes Benz A-Class F-Cell fuel-cell powered cars to two companies in Iceland – Landsvirkjun and Reykjavik Energy. This makes the A-Class F-Cell the first fuel-cell cars in the country.
The two companies are power utility companies, and the usage of the A-Class F-Cell in Iceland will be totally sustainable and environment-friendly as the hydrogen that fuels the car will be produced using geothermal energy or hydropower.
Many have criticized fuel cell technology as it merely moves the carbon-burning from inside the car to wherever the hydrogen is produced, thus not exactly helping the environment much in reality.
Reykjavik Energy wants one half of it’s company fleet to be fuelled by alternative sources by the year 2013. “We are convinced, that fuel cell driven vehicles are the concept of the future,” says it’s CEO Gudmundur Thoroddsson.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class F-Cell uses a 65kW (87 horsepower) high-torque electric motor powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It has a range of 160 kilometers. 0-100km/h takes 14 seconds, while the car’s top speed is rated at 140km/h.