How economical is the hydrogen version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL?October 14, 2018
German crossover Mercedes-Benz GLC, or rather its eco-friendly performance F-CELL is one of the most unusual cars. Why? The fact is that the car is not only equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, but also a rechargeable battery.
As planned by the German engineers, for city driving, it will be possible to use energy from the battery of the Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover. Well, hydrogen fuel is perfect for longer trips. Note that in similar cars made by Japanese Toyota and Honda, as well as the South Korean Hyundai, we can see relatively small batteries, which are installed to support hydrogen fuel cells. The fact is that these very fuel cells on hydrogen rather poorly cope with the rapid changes in the operation of the engine – it means different output power.
According to official data, the eco-friendly version of the German Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL crossover is equipped with a battery with a capacity of 13.5 kWh – the same is installed in the third generation hybrid EQ Power racing car.
It is reported that in the European NEDC cycle, the hydrogen Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL can travel a distance of 51 km on only one battery. I must say that this is very good, since at the moment there are very few hydrogen fuel stations – you need not just to get to them, they will also need to be found.
Now, as for hydrogen storage. According to representatives of the German automotive brand, 4.4 kilograms of hydrogen can be accommodated in these stores at a pressure of 700 bar. It is reported that this should be sufficient to overcome the 478 km of journey (measurements were also carried out according to the NEDC standard). This result is comparable to the range that modern, all-electric cars can offer.
The German carmaker Daimler boasts that their new hydrogen cell fuel cell system is essentially an important step forward. We tend to believe that the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL crossover is … a pilot option for an all-green car.
Finally, we note that some leading automotive publications believe that in the coming years, most companies will begin developing similar models. Indeed, in recent times, environmental standards are becoming tougher and tougher.
Meanwhile, the engineers of the German automobile brand Mercedes-Benz are in full swing testing the new generation of the flagship S-Class sedan. The car, which will be presented in 2020, will receive “autopilot” level 3.