Daimler has announced that Stuttgart Airport has adopted its F-Cell B-Class cars as the “Follow Me” vehicle for aircraft taxiing around its runways.
Although the F-Cell has a range of 400 kilometers, refueling is not a problem for these hydrogen vehicles, as a dedicated hydrogen refueling station had been established in a section of the airport. Actual drive comes from a 136 hp electric motor which is energized by a hydrogen/oxygen chemical reaction. The byproduct of the system is water, which makes it a very clean system. In consumption terms, its uses the equivalent of 3.3 liters of diesel per 100 km.
States Walter Schoefer, MD of airport manager Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH, “As you can see, we are keeping up with the latest technological developments in ground-based drive systems.” This kind of application suits the F-Cell perfectly, as the lack of refueling infrastructure does not hinder its effectiveness for the task it has been assigned to.