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Mercedes-Benz GLC Hydrogen To Lead Brand's Electric Car Charge

Mercedes-Benz GLC Hydrogen to launch in 2017 with parts shared with its siblings to minimise cost.

Range & refuelling

A Mercedes-Benz GLC powered by hydrogen and incorporating transferable parts to minimise cost looks set to launch by 2017. Details are sketchy, but this large, sports utility class, vehicle is expected to have a range of 373 miles.

That is comparative to many traditionally fuelled cars and more than most electric. Refuelling is likely to take 3 minutes. The benefit of hydrogen – in comparison to fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel – is that supply is comparatively plentiful.

Furthermore, hydrogen cars do not emit pollutants such as carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. The only notable emission through the exhaust pipe is water vapour.

Mercedes Benz GLC1

Shares parts to cut cost

Professor Thomas Weber, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development, emphasised the importance of this hydrogen powered vehicle in a wider, business, context.

He explained it will: ”Contain the newest fuel cell technology as an integral part of our new electro mobility modular componentry set-up.”

He continued: ”That helps us in the development of a full-electric battery power vehicle (as they share) common components like batteries and battery management systems, and so on.

He concluded: “We can use these synergies on the volume side to reduce costs which will help push the fuel cell topic.” Lower prices make such vehicles accessible, in other words.

Mercedes Benz GLC2

Mercedes-Benz CEO, Dieter Zetsche, emphasised that the industry is evolving and that his brand plans to play a meaningful role. He highlighted recent progress too.

“Everybody sees today much longer range for battery electric vehicles than we were imagining 5 years ago, while charging times have diminished significantly”

Mr Zetsche added: “The relative position of hydrogen-powered electric cars versus battery electric cars has deteriorated over the past 5 years, but that doesn’t mean it will be the end of the day.”

Whatever proves prevalent Mercedes plans to: ”Be there and we will continue to be up to date as far as the technology is concerned.” 

Frankfurt motor show

The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell – as it might be known from launch – is likely to be revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. In simple terms, it incorporates high-pressure tanks that store fuel. As of now, this power source is only available at a handful of outlets. Pressing the throttle pumps hydrogen into a fuel cell where it is mixed with air.

The following chemical reaction produces electricity which powers electric motors. This, in turn, spins the wheels. On the road, hydrogen models feel like battery powered, electric, cars and can be driven without any further skills.