Mercedes-Benz Testing Future Hydrogen-Powered GLC F-CELL
|   Friday, September 08, 2017
Research on hydrogen-powered cars began in the 1980s and since then, more than 300 test and prototype vehicles have traveled a total of 18 million kilometers. More than 5 million kilometers went through the urban Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid, which has been in service since 2003, crafting this technology.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz will unveil the pre-production GLC F-CELL, which will be a new-generation vehicle of its kind. Besides hydrogen cells, the vehicle will also be equipped with a battery pack that will allow charging from a regular socket.


Starting in 2015, the engineers of the Fuel Cell Center of Competence Nabern used 200,000 tons of hydrogen in the new GLC F-CELL tests, the only emissions being water vapor - 1,800 tons of water vapor to be more accurate.

The propulsion of the green SUV has been tested separately, but also with it, including impact on the most advanced and modern Safety Vehicle Technology Center (TFS), which was opened in 2016 and at different temperatures and environments, in the Sindelfingen center.

The latter can mimic some of the toughest conditions on Terra, with temperatures ranging from -40 to +60 degrees Celsius, or even simulating hurricanes with a wind speed of 265 km/h.

After GLC F CELL prototypes were prepared by laboratory tests, they were tested under different conditions in Spain, Sweden and Germany. Vehicles have passed over 500 individual tests, including special tests for propulsion system components. According to the Germans, fuel cells have equaled the safety of vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines.

So far, they managed to make them safe and efficient, now they only have to make them accessible and to develop the infrastructure of the hydrogen supply stations and the deal is done.
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