Mercedes-Benz launched the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell SUV. It is the world’s first battery electric vehicle with hydrogen fuel cells and plug-in hybrid technology. Deliveries to customers have started.
The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is already available in Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne.
The fuel-cell SUV debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It has two tanks for hydrogen. Their full capacity is enough for around 267 miles (430 km) of hydrogen-only range, or just under 300 miles (483 km) on a 100%-charged battery (according to NEDC).
The vehicle can operate in three ways: from the hydrogen fuel cells, which charge the battery; via battery-only; in electric-fuel cell hybrid mode, with power peaks handled by the battery. Moreover, charging the high-voltage battery help maximize the overall range or reserve power.
The model is the first such a vehicle sent to series production. The new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell can be used in cities, where there are hydrogen refueling stations.
The GLC F-Cell does not become a property. Selected customers can hire a vehicle for a kind of subscription fee and receive it in use with the whole service inclusive.
The first cars go to national and regional ministries and some organizations (H2 Mobility initiatives, the Deutsche Bahn railway operator and others).
Next spring, the hydrogen model will be available through the Mercedes-Benz Rent program. Almost anyone will be able to test it.