Ola Källenius handed the electric vehicle with fuel cell and plug-in hybrid technology, a Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL to Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg , today at the State Department in Stuttgart at the head of the state government. The electric vehicle with combined drive technology is both a showcase for the future viability of the industrial location of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a symbol of one designed for sustainability and environmental protection policy.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL (Combined hydrogen consumption : 0.34 kg / 100 km, CO 2 emissions combined: 0 g / km, combined power consumption: 13.7 kWh / 100 km) has unique fuel cell technology as well as a battery drive, which is externally charged via plug-in technology. The GLC F-CELL is “refueled” with electricity and pure hydrogen. First presented at the IAA 2017, the GLC F-CELL has been delivered to selected customers in the German market for testing. Prime Minister Kretschmann is one of the first customers.
“This vehicle is a prime example of sustainable mobility. It really sets standards in efficiency and climate protection, “said Minister President Kretschmann. “This also stands for the future viability of the industrial location of Baden-Württemberg. The proverbial Swabian spirit of invention and Daimler's ability to innovate marvelously combine economy and ecology. Demand for alternative-drive vehicles remains high in the state administration. We will continue to support the topic with the state initiative Electromobility anchored in the coalition agreement. With the use of low-emission vehicles, the state government shows: We are not just talking about low-emission mobility – we are leading by example! Now it is important to make these technologies suitable for mass production. Because every car,
Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, said: “At Daimler we are convinced that the mobility of the future will be diverse. The potential of fuel cell technology, especially in the area of long-haul or commercial vehicle segment, is very large. With the GLC F-CELL, we are offering a purely electric drive concept that is so far unique on the market, which in terms of practicality and attractiveness is clearly on the level of classic burners – but without any local emissions. I am very pleased to hand over Mr. Kretschmann one of our first GLC F-CELL vehicles. He continues to drive a piece of future-proof technology – made in Baden-Württemberg. “
Two carbon fiber sheathed tanks in the vehicle floor of the GLC F-CELL hold 4.4 kg of hydrogen. Thanks to the 700-bar tank technology, the hydrogen supply is replenished in just three minutes – as fast as you would expect from a vehicle with conventional drive. With a hydrogen consumption of around 1 kg / 100 km, the GLC F-CELL creates around 430 hydrogen-based kilometers in the NEDC; in hybrid mode up to 51 km with fully charged battery.