Sindelfingen, Germany – In a unique project bridging various fields of profession, trainees at Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, Germany have built a roadster with fuel cell drive. More than 150 trainees and dual-education system students worked on the concept, development, assembly and completion of the vehicle over the course of a year.

The project involved junior employees from the fields of automotive mechatronics, model building, electronics, coating technology, manufacturing mechanics, product design and interior appointments. The prime objective of the project was to integrate alternative drive systems into training with hands-on experience.

“This project impressively demonstrates that the topic of sustainable mobility has become an integral part of our vocational training,” said Günther Fleig, labour relations manager. “I am delighted to see how much initiative and creativity the young people have put into this project.”

The F-Cell Roadster combines state-of-the-art technologies with the history of vehicle construction; its design is an allusion to the Benz Patent Motor Car of 1886. It includes carbon-fibre bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers,  and fibreglass front section based on Formula One racing bodies. It is controlled with drive-by-wire technology and a joystick in place of a conventional steering wheel. With a power rating of 2.5 kW, the vehicle reaches a top speed of 25 km/h and has an operating range of up to 350 km.

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