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… Continue Reading »
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Mercedes-Benz is reporting that one of their B-Class F-CELL vehicles has been involved in an accident while traveling through Kazakhstan. The B-Class F-CELL “Number 3″, after travelling more than 23.000 locally emission-free kilometers, is not able to continue its journey due to the resulting damage. Lucky, all drivers involved in the accident were uninjured. However, both vehicles were damaged, including the F-CELL as can be seen on the picture. The exact course of the accident and the question of guilt are still unknown, but local police are involved to solve any problems. Mercedes-Benz is currently examining the possibility of repairing the vehicle, but it will probably just be replaced with… Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
While the popularity electric vehicles has spurred the installation of charging stations to feed these EVs, manufacturers like Daimler feel the inadequate infrastructure support that the government and private sector are giving to alternative fuels like hydrogen. As the F-Cell World Drive planners have anticipated, there are very few hydrogen refueling stations across the continental U.S. and in the 35 refueling stops that the F-Cell cars will make in the U.S. leg, only one stop can be made at a public refueling station. The rest of the fillups will be from Linde tanker trucks strategically positioned along the route. Despite the favorable impressions and acceptance garnered from the public about… 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 »