Academics and eco tech trailblazers tell us that cars running on hydrogen-powered fuel cells are the holy grail for true emissions-free mobility.

Their motivation is simple enough; Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and with the use of One Sure Insurance these cars would be everyone’s first pick. In fact, over 75 per cent of the universe’s mass is based on the stuff, so feasibly there’s a limitless supply available.

Across Europe, there are approximately 80 of these hydrogen refueling stations, but that number is growing all the time. There’s a similar number in Japan and the United States, too.

In Australia, there’s only one, and it’s privately owned by Hyundai Motor Australia. Certainly Australian Governments (both federal and state) should be doing a lot more towards the future of transportation, because the future is already here in Europe and they should not fall behind!

The German automaker combines electricity and hydrogen

Irrespective of your values about emissions and climate change, it is inevitable that eventually gasoline, diesel, and the inner combustion engine may ultimately be all but washed out of living.

It is only an issue of efforts and auto producers aren’t exactly slowing the procedure down as they have got all jumped on the alternative energies wagon in one method or another.

For a few companies, leaping on that wagon implies creating all-electric powered cars, or extremely useful crossbreed systems. Mercedes is on a diverse keep track of, nonetheless.

The German automaker is seeking to hydrogen as the next massive fuel with models like the B-School F-Cellular and the Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid getting previously clocked more than six thousand miles in evaluating goes. Now, Mercedes is introduction the GLC F-Cellular, the world’s very first plug-in fuel-mobile vehicle and something which has a put together range of 310 kilometers involving hydrogen refills.

Mercedes-Benz combines electricity and hydrogen in EQ Power: GLC F-CELL goes into preproduction: world’s first electric vehicle with fuel-cell/battery powertrain

At this year’s IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz is presenting preproduction models of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC F‑CELL as the next milestone on the road to emission-free driving.

Under the technology designation EQ Power, the latest electric model (destined for subsequent series production) from the Mercedes-Benz family is doubly electrifying, for, in a world first, it is set to combine innovative fuel-cell and battery technology in the form of a plug-in hybrid: in addition to hydrogen, the all-electric variant of the popular SUV will also run on electricity.

Intelligent interplay between battery and fuel cell, along with short refuelling times, will in future make the GLC F‑CELL a vehicle of high everyday practicality and also suitable for long-distance motoring.

With 4.4 kg of hydrogen on board, the preproduction model produces enough energy for a range of up to 437* km in the NEDC. F-CELL drivers will also benefit from a range of up to 49 km in the NEDC thanks to the large lithium-ion battery. An output of 147 kW guarantees both dynamic performance and locally zero emissions driving pleasure. In unveiling the preproduction vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F‑CELL, Daimler is taking another important step as part of its systematic “CASE” strategy.



Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, emphasises:

“Our many years of experience with fuel-cell technology pay dividends in the new GLC F-CELL: its long electric range, short refuelling times and everyday practicality of an SUV will make it the perfect vehicle. This is made possible by the compact construction of our fuel-cell system. Another genuine world first is the combination with a large additional lithium-ion battery, which can be conveniently charged using plug-in technology.”

Fuel-cell technology is a firm element of Daimler’s powertrain strategy. Under the EQ product brand, the company is pooling its know-how related to intelligent electric mobility while offering a comprehensive e-mobility ecosystem of products, services, technologies and innovations. EQ is therefore a key part of the company’s strategy for the mobility of the future, known at Daimler as “CASE”. The four letters stand for the strategic future pillars of networking (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric), which are being systematically further developed and intelligently combined by the company.

Between now and 2022, Daimler intends to bring out ten battery-electric vehicles, with the GLC F-CELL representing an important landmark.

 

Ingvar Henry Lotts

Dr. Ingvar Henry Lotts is the founder of the Baltic Review (ISSN 2029-2643).

He is member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the BALTIC REVIEW and President of the Union of Lithuanian Germans (LVS).

Ingvar Henry Lotts lives in Vilnius with his wife Elvyra, a orphanage director, and their daughter Anna-Gertruda, student of the Vilnius University.