Mercedes GLC F-Cell teased in pre-production form prior to Frankfurt launch image

Interestingly enough, Mercedes hasn’t given up on its hydrogen development ideas, and instead decided to mix it with the more mainstream battery electric ideas – delivering the F-Cell.

The German automaker first made the headlines with this odd vehicle that tries to take the best technologies from both worlds back in November 2015 when it revealed plans to deliver a production series GLC F-Cell and then showcased a running prototype of the hydrogen machine last year in June. Now it’s time for the pre-production model to be uncovered – well, actually it has already previewed online and is now just waiting to make its debut in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show. This is – by all means – the world’s first plug-in hydrogen vehicle, and it’s still undergoing testing to prove its worth.

Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL

Mercedes has been working on hydrogen-related technologies since the 1994 Necar 1 prototype, creating more than 300 vehicles that jointly covered around 18 million kilometers (11.1 million miles) in various parts of the world and climates. The F-Cell on its own had to break through temperatures ranging from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius (-40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) and hurricanes with wind speeds of up to 265 kph (165 mph) during simulated conditions. The GLC also went to Spain, Sweden, and Germany for road evaluation in more than 500 individual tests – since the start of the 2015 trials the prototypes have used around 200 tons of hydrogen, its only emissions being 1,800 tons of water vapors.

  • George Kafantaris

    A hydrogen fuel cell car with “a battery capable of holding enough charge for shorter-range driving” — the same battery that can also extend the car’s range — is the smart way to go, but Tesla will never get there because early on Elon Musk had taken an aversion to hydrogen. And nobody at Tesla now can tell him he is dead wrong.