2009 Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 29 August 2009 , 08:08:29 byDan

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell

German specialists from Mercedes-Benz are launching the new B-Class F-CELL, the first series-produced fuel cell car on the road. Under the hood it hides a 2.0-liter petrol engine which makes it perfect for everyday driving. Production of the B-Class F-CELL will start at the end of 2009 with a small lot. The first 200 units will be delivered to customers in Europe and the USA at the beginning of next year. With this model, the carmaker manages to offer high comfort and safety as well as no reduction in interior space and boot capacity. The electric motor is capable of delivering 136 horsepower and 290 Nm of torque which are available from the first rotation. Thanks to its great range of about 400 km and short re-fuelling times of around 3 minutes, the B-CLASS F-CELL ensures local 0 emission mobility for long stretches. One of the highlights that stand at the base of the vehicle is the compact, high-performance fuel cell system, in which gaseous hydrogen reacts with atmospheric oxygen at 700 bars to generate a current for the electric motor. The fuel cell car uses a lithium-ion battery with an output of 35 kW and a capacity of 1.4 kW to boost power and recover braking energy. The carmaker continues to offer a high level of comfort with the interior by equipping it with leather upholstery, seat heating, automatic climate control and the COMAN-system, but also other features. Mercedes-Benz engineers have tested and optimized the drive-specific safety components in more than 30 additional crash tests. The carmaker views the development of electric cars with battery and fuel cell drives for local zero-emission driving as a means of supplementing vehicle with high-tech internal combustion engines. The new car is capable of reaching a top speed of 170 km/h.