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 »
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The seventh leg of the F-CELL World Drive led the vehicles from New Orleans in Louisiana over a distance of more than 1.070 kilometers to San Antonio, Texas. Along the way, the tour made a stopover at the mobility project car2go in Austin. 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.
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 »
Near the tail-end last January, Mercedes-Benz kicked-off the F-Cell World Drive—taking 3 B-Class F-Cell vehicles on a trip around the globe in 5 legs on hydrogen power. With the US part of the fifth leg slated to start on February 25, Linde North America has proclaimed that it is the one that will help power the trio of automotive globetrotters as they go across 32 cities in the continent starting from Fort Lauderdale, Florida all the way to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. Here’s something from the official PR statement of the company, a gases and engineering firm. “Linde has years of hydrogen fueling experience encompassing both stationary and mobile… Continue Reading »
As part of the ceremony to mark the 125th birthday of the invention of the motor car on 29 January in Stuttgart, German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, fired the symbolic starting shot for the Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive. Setting out from Stuttgart on 30 January, three Mercedes-Benz B-Class vehicles featuring local zero-emission fuel cell drives are undertaking a 125-day circumnavigation of the world. Travelling across four continents and through 14 countries, the three B-Class F-CELL vehicles will head around the globe once, finishing their “world tour” back in Stuttgart where they started. With the F-CELL World Drive,… Continue Reading »
If you advocate something, it’s always best to lead by example. That’s what the German Federal Ministry of Transport will now be able to do, as Mercedes-Benz has recently given the agency a new B-Class F-Cell vehicle. “Electric cars featuring fuel cell drives have the potential to revolutionize our mobility again. The fuel cell drive in the B-Class F-CELL is efficient, clean and highly suitable for everyday use,” said Dr. Thomas Weber, member of Daimler’s Board of Management and in charge of the Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, who was there to present the vehicle to the Ministry of Transport. “It enables local zero-emission motoring with a range of… Continue Reading »
Orders for the 2011 B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle started to be accepted last month and Mercedes-Benz has now announced that the cost of leasing the hydrogen-powered car is at a steep $849 – monthly. The lease, which runs for a 3-year period, includes the cost of the hydrogen fuel (which is not exactly easy to find) and insurance. Only 70 cars will be available for lease in the greater Los Angeles region and the San Francisco Bay Area. Similar cars in various European countries and elsewhere will form part of a larger global fleet for these unique vehicles. Only a few private customers in the U.S. will get to lease these… Continue Reading »