Mercedes-Benz Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Rumors
Mercedes-Benz is always pushing the limits of what a car can do. That’s been apparent in recent months with the Vision Tokyo Concept and Concept IAA, along with other autonomous cars of the future. While some of the technology in those vehicles may be in a more distance future, recent rumors of a Mercedes-Benz fuel cell vehicle have surfaced.
According to AutoCar, Mercedes-Benz is in the process of working on a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, which is the crossover replacing the GLK. Although the fuel cell has not been confirmed for the GLC, Mercedes-Benz did verify that they are, in fact, working on a fuel cell with the goal of a 373 mile range with the ability to refuel in three minutes.
The report from Autocar states that we could see the fuel cell vehicle debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in fall of 2017, with sales possibly starting as early as 2018. While those details are not confirmed at this point, Mercedes-Benz did say they are working on hydrogen fuel cell technology, and it is fair to be expecting that technology in the coming years.
What is a Hydrogen Fuel Cell?
Simply put, a fuel cell is a unit that takes hydrogen and oxygen and turns it into water, producing electricity in the process. That electricity powers the motor and allows you to cruise down the highway.
Although fuel cell vehicles are considered EVs, they are more like traditional vehicles in that you have to pump fuel (hydrogen) into a tank, rather than plug it in. This allows for faster refueling time than traditional EVs.
In addition to their exceptional efficiency, one of the biggest benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is their clean emissions. When hydrogen converts to electricity, water and heat are the only byproducts. Although there is some pollution in the production of hydrogen, early estimates state that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can reduce emissions by more than 30 percent.
While we don’t know for sure which Mercedes-Benz vehicle will get a fuel-cell treatment and we aren’t sure when it will be available, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed they are working on a hydrogen fuel cell, which means big things for the future.