Mercedes Benz GLC Hydrogen Fuel Cell showcased at “Road to the Future” event in Stuttgart, Germany
German luxury auto manufacturer Mercedes Benz has stirred sensation by unveiling the prototype of the Hydrogen fuel cell powered GLC SUV at the “Road to the Future” event in Stuttgart in Germany. The GLC is derived from the GLK Class, and earlier this month we have experienced the launch of the GLC in India. Mercedes Benz plans to launch the production variant of the fuel cell GLC model later in 2017.
The production version of the Mercedes Benz GLC F-Cell is unlikely to come visually different than the normal variant, but the environment friendly powertrain is going to be highlighted by the Blue accent at the lower front fascia just above the skid plate and at the side sills. The headlamp clusters are also expected to come with Blue accents below the clusters, which will indicate the environment friendly powertrain of the car; and alongside this expect a F-Cell badge to be adorned by the car.
When the car gets launched, this is going to be the first production fuel cell car to come equipped with usable all electric range. The car will be powered by an electric motor which will be powered by fuel cell stack, which has been developed jointly by Mercedes Benz and Ford Motor Company. The plug in technology will charge the lithium ion battery pack which will generate power for around 48 kilometers.
The maximum cruising range for the Mercedes Benz GLC F-Cell will be around 500 kilometers. Unlike the normal variant of the GLC the F-Cell version won’t be available in All Wheel Drive (AWD) configurations; therefore it will come in Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) configuration only.
The fuel cells will take around 3 minutes to get fully refilled. Once launched, the Mercedes Benz GLC F-Cell will compete against other Hydrogen fuel cell cars like Honda Clarity, Hyundai Tucson, and Toyota Mirai. The car will be initially available in the markets like Germany, Japan, UK and United States.