Toronto, Ontario – Mercedes-Benz is presenting its B-Class fuel cell vehicles at two special exhibition sites in Vancouver, the first time these zero-emission vehicles have been seen in Canada.
The models are on display at the Oakridge Mall and Edgewater Casino in downtown Vancouver, along with two other Mercedes-Benz F-Cell vehicles that will be touring the streets.
The 2010 B-Class F-Cell is the first production fuel cell electric car on the road today. The first of 200 vehicles produced will be placed with customers beginning in the spring of 2010.
“As the inventor of the automobile, we now must be leaders in emissions-free driving,” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “Our customers demand the very best from Mercedes-Benz, and we are proud to deliver world-leading fuel cell technology that was developed right here in Canada. The technology for the B-Class F-Cell drive system is based on the optimized latest-generation fuel cell stack developed by Vancouver-based AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation.”
The advanced system is 40 per cent smaller than the previous-generation A-Class F-Cell, yet it develops 30 per cent more power while consuming 30 per cent less fuel. The B-Class F-Cell is also considerably superior in terms of driving performance, longevity, operating range and efficiency, and has cold-starting ability at temperatures as low as minus 25 Celsius.