The exhaust gas of the future changes its state of matter – it turns into pure water. This might sound like an overzealous alchemist’s vision, but soon it could be a fact: the era of fossil fuels is nearing its end, and the propellant of the future is hydrogen. In the fuel cell it reacts with atmospheric hydrogen to become electrical energy – and the aforementioned pure water.
“Cold combustion” is hot stuff, as vehicles powered with the F-CELL have one major advantage over electric cars, which receive their current from a battery: kilometres. They do not have to be plugged into the socket after just a short journey time – their range is far greater. Stop after stop, Mercedes-Benz F-CELL buses prove just how much energy is stored in hydrogen – they are out providing public transport all day long without refilling. And with its radius of up to 400 kilometres, the B-Class F-CELL, too, is suitable for everyday use and over long distances.
The challenge facing us today involves creating an infrastructure: filling stations at which hydrogen produced in an environmentally friendly way can be topped up. This might sound more like fiction than science – but where would we be today if Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz had been put off by the lack of petrol filling stations?
Fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 1.01/0.94/0.97 kg H2/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 0.0 g/km. The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for purposes of comparison between different vehicle models.