Mercedes To Launch World’s First Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle In 2017

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German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be launching a Hydrogen Fuel Cell variant of the GLC SUV in 2017.

The new GLC variant will also feature an 8kWH battery pack which will make it the World's First Fuel Cell Plug-In Hybrid vehicle in the world when it goes on sale.

Powering the new GLC variant, called the GLC F-Cell will feature two hydrogen tanks made from carbon-fibre, one mounted longitudinally under the centre of the car and the other transversely at the back.

The two tanks will carry a total of 4.3 kilograms of Hydrogen which will be stored at a pressure of 700bar. The hydrogen is used by a compact fuel cell stack that was co-developed with Ford and sits where the engine usually sits on a normal GLC.

Mercedes claim that the GLC's Hydrogen tanks give it a mileage of 450 kilometers while the conventional 8kWH battery pack give the electric motors an extra boost for another 50 kilometers of range.

Sales of the GLC Fuel Cell will begin in areas that already have a reasonable density of hydrogen filling stations, including Japan and the US state of California.

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