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Mercedes GLC F-Cell development previewed before 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Mercedes GLC F-Cell development previewed before 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Santosh Nair Santosh Nair Thursday 07 September 2017, 11:06 AM

Mercedes-Benz is prepared to unveil its GLC F-Cell in production disguise next week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite that, the car maker has gone ahead and released more information about how this hydrogen-powered crossover made it to this day.

Testing began as early as 2015 on Merc’s GLC F-Cell and if you didn’t know it already, this is the world’s first plug-in hydrogen vehicle (with two fuel caps). This crossover has undergone simulated wind-speed testing of up to 265kmph, and can also withstand temperatures ranging from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius.

Sources claim that even though the true specifications of the GLC F-Cell have been withheld till date, it should be similar to the prototype. So expect a pair of carbon-fibre hydrogen tanks, weighing 4kgs each, to be incorporated into the car’s floor. Mercedes claims that a full refill could take close to three minutes, which is a bit more than the time taken to tank-up a petrol or diesel vehicle.

But the best part yet is that the GLC F-Cell, unlike other fuel cell cars, gets a 9kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s mounted at the back of the crossover. The externally rechargeable battery pack (hence two caps!) allows the vehicle to run solely on electric power for up to 50km. Mercedes estimates a total combined range of 500km for the GLC F-Cell.

The brand is expected to release all details regarding the GLC F-Cell on 12 September at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

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