The first mass-market fuel cell vehicle from Mercedes-Benz is planned to arrive by 2017. The company has been working on fuel cell vehicle from long time and has been doing pilot testing with both private and business customers. Several prototype FCVs have been developed since 1999, based on the A-Class and B-Class.
In the latest news, Daimler has announced that five Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL have completed emission-free drive from Los Angeles to Northern California, in which refueling was done only at public hydrogen stations. Out of the first batch of 200 units of the FCV which were to be delivered in Germany and USA, 70 were delivered in the State of California, USA. The U.S. customers have accumulated over 2 million miles since 2010. The 700-bar high-pressure fuel tank system of the world’s first series production (small series) provides an approximate operating range of 400 km (250 km) and can be refuelled in under three minutes.
Coming to the forthcoming FCV, which will be available in relatively bigger numbers, it will be developed in collaboration with Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Daimler signed a three-way agreement with these automakers in January 2013 to jointly develop common fuel cell system speedily and cost effectively. The German firm has announced that the development of the new generation Mercedes-Benz fuel cell vehicle is on track. The mass-market FCV is still planned to be launched by 2017, as development is on schedule.