F-Cell World Drive Reaches European Continent

Emmanuel P May 18, 2011

Despite an incident in Kazakhstan which left one of the cars unable to continue, the Mercedes F-Cell World Drive has soldiered on to the point that it is now on its final leg of its epic journey around the world. The remaining F-Cell hydrogen-powered cars are now on the European continent, where the event is scheduled to culminate when it reaches Stuttgart on June 1. At that point, the remaining duo will have covered 30,000 kilometers in 125 days.

Powering these cars is a system comprising a 136 horsepower electric motor with 290 Nm of torque. The range of this F-Cell car is 400 kilometers, or 250 miles, before needing a refill. During the trip, the cars were refuelled via available refilling stations and tanker trucks in the more remote areas. It was in the U.S. that the lack of a hydrogen infrastructure was highlighted because only one public fueling was achieved during the leg. As a result, fuel-cell vehicles are expected to lag behind hybrid electric vehicles in terms of public acceptance.

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