Two days from now, Mercedes-Benz’s F-CELL World Drive campaign will leave China’s Auto Shanghai showroom floors and head for the final and lengthiest round of its world tour. It’ll travel all the way from Shanghai through Kazakhstan and Russia until it makes its way back into Europe, it’s original starting point. Almost 14,000 kilometers will have been covered by the B-Class F-CELL with power coming from its three fuel cells. 5,300 kilometers of that distance has been covered in Australia alone. It is expected to finish its tour of the world in Europe, through countries such as Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. What really makes the tour’s final… Continue Reading »
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This Friday, Mercedes-Benz finished their F-Cell World Tour North America leg in Seattle, at the new and state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood dealership. The World Tour will continue their journey in Australia. We were there live and got a very close and personal encounter with the cars and huge group of Daimler engineers and organizers. The drive itself was very smooth, just like with any other hybrid out there today. The advantage was that the B-Class F-Cell only uses a electric motor, meaning that there is not emissions whatsoever. The electric motor is very quick and responds immediately to the touch of the pedal. When approaching a street light, the engineer… Continue Reading »
A report from the Euro arm of Automotive News says that Mercedes-Benz could be working on three more variants of its compact A-Class line, hot on the heels of the company’s announcement of their big plans for that line as well as the B-Class range. Joachim Schmidt, the marketing head for Mercedes-Benz, stated in a phone interview with Automotive News that Merc is considering getting three-door, convertible and shooting brake variants ready for the A-Class’ next generation models. These models are expected to boost Merc’s sales in the luxury compact car segment while still being compliant with stricter Euro emissions standards. Of course, even if there’s an interview to go… Continue Reading »
Recognizing that moving downmarket is an essential part of profitability nowadays, Mercedes has followed the lead of its German rivals BMW and Audi by drawing up plans to come out with a baby CLS by 2014. Dubbed the BLS, the car has been the subject of rumor mills for months now and details are certainly not forthcoming from the manufacturer. Reportedly drawing features from the CLS and the F800 concept car, the BLS is expected to differ substantially from the styling of it luxury sedan brothers to appeal to the younger set. Although rumored to be front-wheel drive, that is not a sure thing but probably a logical conclusion given… Continue Reading »
On day 39 of the circumnavigation, the F-CELL World Drive embarked on the tenth leg, which leads north through the coastal state of California. The route takes the participants through San Francisco as well as to the Californian capital Sacramento. During this leg, the vehicles cover a total of 950 kilometers. By staging local activities, like in San Francisco and Sacramento, Mercedes-Benz furthermore offers interested parties the possibility to gather information about the potential of fuel cell technology and the B-Class F-CELL. Moreover, a visit at Tesla Motors is part of this tenth leg.
Using three neon green B-Class F-Cell vehicles, Mercedes-Benz began the U.S. leg of the F-Cell World Drive from Fort Lauderdale on February 25, 2011. The trio of hydrogen-powered cars will proceed to New Orleans, Louisiana and on to Seattle, stopping at several cities in between. The North American leg will cover 4,660 miles and Linde will supply the fuel these cars need for their world drive. At Seattle, the trio of hydrogen cars will be loaded onto a plane for transport to Australia. Part of the U.S. leg will show the gaps in the country’s hydrogen infrastructure because the hydrogen cars will need to be refuelled 35 times as the… Continue Reading »
On March 1st, the vehicles embarked on their fifth leg of the USA-tour from Houston to San Antonio. Along the way, the participants stopped for a visit at car2go in Austin and gained insight into the innovative mobility program. Mercedes-Benz thereby emphasizes, that both, alternative drives like the fuel cell technology as well as intelligent utilization concepts can make a contribution to the individual future mobility. Since its start on January 30, the F-CELL World Drive demonstrates how the automotive future could look like. “Electric vehicles with fuel cell are an important step on the way towards future mobility. The F-CELL World Drive demonstrates in impressive fashion the practical merits… Continue Reading »