Mercedes has confirmed that it is developing a hydrogen fuel-cell powered GLC for international markets. The new SUV, set to be called the Mercedes GLC F-Cell, will make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show before entering production in the following year in select international markets.
Mercedes’ research and development boss, Thomas Weber told that the engineering parameters to develop the new car had been finalized and the German automaker planned to achieve a combined range of 600 km from the fuel cell and battery, along with a hydrogen refill time of three minutes.
The Mercedes GLC F-Cell is expected to receive a new fuel cell stack mounted in place of the conventional combustion engine. Fellow German automaker, BMW is also said to be developing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle though it is not expected to revealed before 2020. Current competitors to the upcoming Mercedes GLC F-Cell include the Toyota Mirai and Honda FCV Clarity.
Mercedes had been testing early fuel-cell prototypes based on the Mercedes B-class. But the option was not feasible as the high cost of the fuel stack only made it commercially viable in a higher segment. The technology has matured greatly in recent years with improved packaging and efficiency, but it remains in its infancy and is still quite expensive by conventional drive line standards.
This is a major move by Mercedes towards clean energy. Like the other companies will it be able to implement this or would it end like just another try-it project? Do let us know in the comments below.