At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz has debuted a gas cell variant of the GLC-Class compact crossover that previews an upcoming manufacturing automobile with plug-in functionality, permitting house owners to cost the automobile along with filling up with hydrogen. Referred to as the GLC F-Cell, Mercedes-Benz claims that that is the primary time a hydrogen gas cell automobile will include plug-in functionality.
Powering the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell is an electrical motor with 197 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque that comes paired to a 13.Eight-kWh lithium-ion battery mounted on the rear.
As well as, there are two carbon fiber-reinforced hydrogen tanks, together with one positioned beneath the rear seats. All the powertrain has been made 30 % extra compact than the unit within the earlier B-Class F-Cell, with most of its elements becoming beneath the hood and put in like a traditional inner combustion engine. The gas cell system makes use of 90 % much less platinum and reduces the general prices of the GLC F-Cell.
On a full tank of hydrogen, the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell can journey round 271 miles. In battery EV mode, the automaker claims that the GLC F-Cell can journey as much as 49 miles earlier than it reverts to being a a traditional hydrogen gas cell automobile. There will likely be three drive modes on the GLC F-Cell, together with Eco, Consolation, and Sport modes, all of which change the best way the automobile behaves, and 4 working modes—Hybrid, F-Cell, Battery and Cost modes.
There’s additionally a Hybrid mode that enables the GLC F-Cell to make the most of each the battery and hydrogen gas cell to energy the automobile. F-Cell mode runs the automobile strictly on hydrogen whereas Battery mode primarily places the automobile in EV mode. Lastly, Cost mode permits the automobile to make use of the hydrogen gas cell system to behave as a generator that costs the battery. In all working modes, the GLC F-Cell incorporates a brake vitality regeneration system that helps get better vitality and replenish the battery’s cost.
Design cues that distinguish the GLC F-Cell from a normal GLC crossover embody blue accents on the grille, alloy wheels, aspect skirts, and rear bumper. The GLC F-Cell additionally incorporates a distinctive entrance bumper with bigger air inlets and 20-inch alloy wheels which have been optimized to enhance the crossover’s aerodynamics. Inside, there’s a 12.Three-inch display screen and a 10.25-inch instrument display screen with menus distinctive to the GLC F-Cell comparable to gas cell-specific menus that present.
Mercedes-Benz is at the moment getting the GLC F-Cell prepared for manufacturing because the automaker intends to begin manufacturing the crossover by the top of 2019. The gas cell stack is at the moment beneath improvement in cooperation with Ford, which shaped a three way partnership with Mercedes-Benz’s mother or father firm, Daimler, for growing gas cell know-how. Manufacturing will happen in Vancouver, Canada, however the improvement work has already been accomplished at Daimler’s NuCellSys subsidiary in Germany.
Daimler plans to assist enhance the infrastructure for hydrogen gas cell automobiles and is aiming to have as much as 400 hydrogen gas stations by 2023 as a part of its H2 Mobility enterprise.