Alternate energy sources is not a new field for Mercedes-Benz, who has been exploring their options dating as far back as 1970. With the end of fossil fuels in sight, automakers across the world are scrambling to source new options that will maintain them as relevant automakers in the future. As a leader in high quality automobiles, Mercedes-Benz is well ahead of the pack in implementing alternate fuel sources to its fleet. The latest production ready model for the German automaker is the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell. What is an f-cell you ask?


F-cell is short for Fuel Cell, which is the term coined for hydrogen power in automobiles. Hydrogen, one of the most common natural gases found on earth, has been identified as the next possible fuel source for automobiles amongst several other technologies. Beginning experimentation with hydrogen fuel has been explored by Mercedes-Benz as early as the 1970’s, yet large scale production was unimaginable at the time. Fast forward to 2017, where Mercedes-Benz introduced their latest working fuel cell model, the GLC F-Cell, to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Starting from a GLC platform, the GLC F-Cell completely restructures the drivetrain of the SUV by adding hydrogen tanks and a lithium battery to produce the perfect hybrid, powered by hydrogen and battery power. So what exactly is the benefit of hydrogen versus battery powered engines?

On top of being a much easier to source due to its abundancy, Hydrogen has been a popular fuel source for its energy to weight ratio and the speed of refueling. Where to a lithium battery for an average hybrid car takes several hours to fully charge, hydrogen fuel cells can be refilled as easily as gasoline engines, clocking in as little as 3 minutes. Why isn’t hydrogen technology more popular? The main issue with hydrogen powered vehicles at the moment is the lack of infrastructure. Similarly with lithium battery powered vehicles, finding refueling stations for hydrogen is rather deifficult, especially in developing countries. This is why Mercedes-Benz is implementing the GLC F-Cell to its fleet customers in Germany as a test sample.  In order to receive real world results and use the feedback to improve their technology, Mercedes-Benz is holding an exclusive lease offer for customers in Germany to see the real world application of fuel cell vehicles, and use that information to further improve its incoming fleet of hydrogen powered vehicles.

The future is very near, and Mercedes-Benz is doing everything in its power to stay ahead of the curve.

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