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Mercedes-Benz F-Cell

The F-Cell is a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle developed by Daimler AG. Two different versions are known - the previous version was based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and the new model is based on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The first generation F-Cell was introduced in 2002, and had a range of 100 mi (161 km), with a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h). The current B-Class F-CELL has a more powerful electric motor rated at 100 kW (134 hp), and a range of about 250 mi (402 km). This improvement in range is due in part to the B-Class's greater space for holding tanks of compressed hydrogen, higher storage pressure, as well as fuel cell technology advances. Both cars have made use of a "sandwich" design concept, aimed at maximizing room for both passengers and the propulsion components. The fuel cell is a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC), designed by the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) Corporation.

There are 60 F-Cell vehicles leased to customers in the USA, Europe, Singapore and Japan.


In December 2010, began its B-Class based F-Cell lease program with the first delivery to Vince Van Patten, with a further 69 to be on the roads in California by 2010.

Hydrogen storage

The 350 Bar (5000 PSI) hydrogen tanks for hydrogen storage contain enough fuel for a 248 mi (399 km) drive. Using 700 Bar (10000 PSI) tanks the range is extended 70% to 421 mi (678 km).

Notable publicity

  • On May 23, 2006, Daimler announced that its fuel cell vehicle fleets had achieved a combined mileage of over 2 million kilometers (1.24 million miles).
  • On May 31, 2006, Daimler revealed that select individuals in California would be able to take their driving examination in an F-Cell.
  • On July 6, 2006, Daimler leased 1 F-Cell to DHL Japan as delivery car in Tokyo area.
  • On January 30, 2011, three F-Cell vehicles start on a 125-day long-lasting journey around the world.
  • On June 21, 2011, Daimler announced it was moving up commercialization of the B-Class F-CELL to 2014
  • On Jan 31, 2014 YouTube video uploaded of new F-cell fuel cell, no information known otherwise.


The Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell was selected by Green Car Journal as one of the five finalists to the 2012 Green Car Vision Award.


See also

  • List of fuel cell vehicles


External links

  • Road test on
  • News on the German Chancellor taking delivery of an F-Cell
  • Driving Impression by Tom Bird of Channel4 - Website is now defunct, so this link uses the Wayback Machine
  • UCLA-Driving the F-Cell
  • Mercedes-Benz Leasing (in German)
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL


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