Daimler AG, German multinational automotive corporation and owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand, will be handing over the first Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell models to selected customers in the German market. These include various ministries, the National Organisation for Hydrogen (NOW) and H2 Mobility, as well as Deutsche Bahn.
This year will see Daimler continue the deliveries of their fuel cell cars to companies active in the hydrogen (H2) market such as Air Liquide, Shell and Linde as well as to the cities of Stuttgart and Hamburg.
In view of the new technology and the fact that the H2 filling station network has only just started to expand, the market launch of the GLC F-CELL is taking place in selected metropolitan regions. Above all the focus is on major cities which are already comparatively well equipped with H2 filling stations, such as Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne.
Daimler presented the GLC F-Cell for the first time at the IAA 2017. The model is designed as a plug-in hybrid of a different kind. In addition to the fuel cell, there is a buffer battery on board, which can be charged externally just like any electric vehicle.
Due to its high price, it will not be sold, but only leased to customers in large cities in Germany and Japan. Daimler has set the official market launch for 2022.
The SUV’s floor houses two tanks with a capacity of 4.4 kg of H2 that can be filled in just three minutes. The H2 range is 430 km according to NEDC, the plug-in battery with a capacity of 13.5 kWh provides an additional 51 km of range. The engine has 155 kW and a torque of 365 Nm.
Daimler researchers have been working on fuel cell technology since the 1980s. In 1994, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first fuel cell vehicle to the global public: the NECAR 1.