2011 Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL. Click image to enlarge
2011 Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL
Los Angeles, California – Mercedes-Benz announced its new B-Class F-CELL will be handed over to selected rental customers before the end of this year, and by 2012, a total of around 70 of these environmentally friendly cars will be operating on a daily basis in California.
“California, with its almost traditionally demanding and restrictive environmental regulations, is the ideal region for day-to-day operation of a genuine Zero Emission Vehicle,” says Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler AG Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Development for Mercedes-Benz Cars. With the model year 2011 B-Class F-CELL, Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to date to bring a fuel cell powered Zero Emission Vehicle onto the roads which has been certificated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CARB (California Air Resources Board). Dr. Thomas Weber: “After more than 580,000 kilometers covered with the A-Class F-CELL trial fleet in practical operation, we will continue to build on our experience with the latest generation of electric cars with fuel cell drive. The 70 B-Class F-CELL cars in customer hands in California alone are more than twice the size of the U.S. A-Class fleet and a further milestone on the way to market maturity of this technology by 2015.”
With an operating range of around 400 kilometres and short refuelling times, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL combines locally emission-free mobility with long-distance comfort and compelling performance figures. The technical basis for the drive system of the B-Class F-CELL is the company’s latest-generation fuel cell system. This is some 40 per cent smaller than the system in the A-Class F‑CELL, which has been undergoing practical trials in the USA since 2004, but generates 30 per cent more power while consuming 30 per cent less fuel. The cold-start capability of the B-Class F-CELL is down to minus 25 degrees Celsius.
The B-Class F-CELL’s 100 kW/136 hp electric motor, delivers performance on par with a two-litre gas engine. At the same time the B-Class F-CELL achieves an NEDC consumption (New European Driving Cycle) equivalent to only 3.3 litres of fuel (diesel equivalent) per 100 kilometres.