First Mercedes F-Cell Now on Sale

By Automotive Staff | December 20, 2010
Mercedes-Benz delivered its first F-Cell hydrogen-powered B-Class vehicle earlier this month. "I'm thrilled to be driving a vehicle that I believe represents the future of environmentally thoughtful transportation," Vance Van Petten, executive director of the Producers Guild of America, said. "Not only does it have zero emissions, but it also provides me with all of the safety technology one expects from Mercedes-Benz." The automaker says the F-Cell consumes half the fuel of an equivalent conventionally powered car yet still only takes three minutes to refuel. "The introduction of the F-Cell in California marks the beginning of zero emission fuel cell technology in the U.S. for Mercedes-Benz," said Sascha Simon, head of advanced product planning at Mercedes-Benz USA. "With a range of 240 miles that never needs to be plugged and more than 15 years of Mercedes-Benz research already committed to the technology, we believe this is a great addition to our fast growing portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles that customers can choose from to best suit their lifestyle."
We'd hasten to add that the introduction of lease-only F-Cells is still a miniscule part of all alternative powertrain vehicles available today. Until you can buy an F-Cell at a local dealership, "green" Mercedes enthusiasts can choose from hybrids in the S- and ML-class vehicles as well as a V-6 diesel in the R-, ML-, and GL-class crossovers. Source: Mercedes-Benz courtesy of Automobile Magazine Staff