F-Cell World Tour Reaches The Continental U.S.

Emmanuel P February 28, 2011

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.”

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Comments (2)

  1. This is very cool. In the past couple of weeks, celebrities like Colin Firth and Natalie Portman have been spotted cruising around in the Mercedes B-Class F-Cell car. Apparently Mercedes-Benz added Beverly Hills as a stop on the World Tour! Check out more pictures of the car with celebs here:

  2. I saw one today on US 101 N in King City. I felt guilty passing in my 2007 5.7L Tundra…

    My next car? Go MBZ!

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