Hydrogen powered Mercedes Benz Fuel Cell prepares for leasing

Philipp Weber November 30, 2010

Take a look at one of the latest fuel alternative cars that will be at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the F-Cell fuel-cell vehicle by Mercedes Benz. Around a hundred units of this Mercedes-Benz-B-Class Fuel Cell Car will be for lease in California by December of this year. At the car show event, the lease price will be announced and speculations have it to be anywhere between six and eight hundred dollars.

What runs the F-Cell fuel-cell vehicle is a 136 horsepower electric motor powered by 3.7 kilograms of hydrogen in tanks pressurized at 10,150 psi with a 35-kilowatt lithium-ion battery under the floor. It is said to be that this would have a range of up to 230 miles/368 kilometers, a consumption of more or less 54 miles/86.4 kilometers to a kilogram. For comparison, one (1) kg of hydrogen has almost the same energy as that of a gallon of gas.

The lease price of the vehicle will include the cost of hydrogen to fill up the tanks which is around $50.00 to $60.00. The cost of a tank-full gas for an SUV will be almost at the same with the current gas prices. The cost of maintenance and car insurance cost of the vehicles likewise goes along free with the lease price.

An attention-getter at the show will be the 2012 CLS63 AMG boasting of a 550-horsepower power plant that is actually a twin-turbocharged, direct-injection 5.5-liter V-8 engine! Mercedes Benz will also feature the updated versions of CL coupe and R-Class wagon.

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