In January, Mercedes kicked off a world event in the form of its Mercedes Benz F-Cell World Drive. As planned, 3 B-Class vehicles running on hydrogen arrived in the U.S. this week, and the trio will continue their journey across the continent starting from Fort Lauderdale on the East Coast.
If everything goes as planned, the vehicles will cover 7,500 kilometers by March 18, having reached Seattle by then. Fueling partner Linde will provide the unique hydrogen fuel these B-Class cars need. These electric hybrids are powered by a 136 hp electric motor and have a range of 250 miles before the hydrogen fuel needs to be refilled.
The next leg will be across Australia. Before the U.S. leg, the F-Cell vehicles covered the European countries, accumulating 3,600 kilometers in the process. Says Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler Board for Research and Development, “We will have reached market maturity with fuel cell technology by 2015 at the latest. From that point we would then be in a position to bring several 100,000 vehicles, in a variety of different model series, onto the roads.”