Sunday, October 14, 2007

Mercedes-Benz A-Class F-Cell

The Mercedes A-Class has never been sold in the States, so I was surprised to see this first generation A Class parked in my neighbourhood today. According to the Daimler website, it is one of only 60 experimental fuel cell powered A Class cars made. These are zero-emission vehicles.

"The fuel cell functions as an electrochemical energy converter on board the vehicle to generate energy from hydrogen for an electric motor.

"In the F-Cell, the entire fuel cell system is accommodated in the sandwich floor of the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Its tanks supply compressed hydrogen (350 bar) directly to the fuel cell system, giving the "F-Cell" a cruising range of about 150 kilometers ...
The electric motor has an output of 65 kW... The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in about 16 seconds and gets a top speed of around 140 km/h." -Daimler


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