Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL vehicles are the first to run on both electricity and a hydrogen fuel cell
Mercedes-Benz is setting a further milestone on the road to emission-free driving with the handover of the first GLC F-CELL vehicles to selected customers in the German market.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL (combined hydrogen consumption: 0.34 kg per 100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g per km, combined electrical consumption: 13.7 kWh per 100 km) is unique worldwide as it features both fuel cells and a battery drive, which can be charged externally using plug-in technology.
Alongside various national and regional ministries as well as the National Organisation Hydrogen (NOW) and H2 Mobility, the first customers in the German market also include Deutsche Bahn, the German railways.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL is a unique plug-in hybrid as apart from electricity it can also run on pure hydrogen. The SUV is an all-electric vehicle suitable for everyday use which emits no CO2 emissions whatsoever during operation.
The interplay between battery and fuel cell, a long range and short refuelling times make the GLC F‑CELL a vehicle that boasts high everyday practicality.
Two carbon-fibre-encased tanks in the vehicle floor hold 4.4 kg of hydrogen. Thanks to globally standardised 700-bar tank technology, the hydrogen supply can be replenished within just three minutes – as quickly as is customary when refuelling a combustion-engined car.
With a hydrogen consumption of around 1 kg per 100 km, the GLC F-CELL achieves around 430 hydrogen-based km in the NEDC cycle; in hybrid mode it additionally delivers up to 51 km on a fully charged battery. At the same time, an output of 155 kW helps to ensure high driving dynamics.
The innovative plug-in fuel cell drive combines the advantages of both zero-emission drive technologies and, thanks to its intelligent operating strategy, continuously optimises the use of both energy sources in line with the current operating situation.
In view of the new technology and the fact that the hydrogen filling station network has only just started to expand, the market launch of the GLC F-CELL is taking place in selected metropolitan regions.
Above all, the focus is on major cities that are already comparatively well equipped with hydrogen filling stations, such as Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne.
At market launch the SUV will be handed over successively to selected customers in Germany. The GLC F-CELL will be offered exclusively in the form of a full-service rental model. This will include all maintenance and possible repairs together with a comprehensive warranty package covering the entire rental period.