The equivalent fuel costs of 3.3L/100km of diesel, and 0g/km of CO2 emissions. These are the eco-vital statistics of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL, which will be delivered to about 200 customers in the US and Europe early 2010.
These customers will consist of mainly owners in Hamburg, Stuttgart and California where Daimler has cooperations going with government authorities and utility/oil companies. This car and the decision to sell it is the fruit of more than 100 test vehicles and a combined total of over 4.5 million km of trial testing.
The B-Class F-CELL uses a 136hp electric motor with a massive 290Nm of torque from as low as 1rpm. That’s basically the entire rev range of the motor. The hydrogen capacity can take the car up to 385km on a full tank (NEDC driving cycle) and the tank can be replenished at a hydrogen refueling system in only 3 minutes, which is way shorter time than any EV can promise, even with quick chargers.
There is a 1.4kWh lithium ion battery that is used to temporarily store the charge recovered from brake energy regeneration and this energy will also be used to provide a power boost to the electric motor.
Mercedes-Benz’s stand is that internal combustion engines powered by fossil fuels will remain to be relevant for a long time to come – alternative energy solutions as they are now do not satisfy the needs of long haul travel not only just for consumers, but especially inter-state transport. But urban transport within cities will definitely benefit from zero-emission and low cost electric drive.
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