A hydrogen fuel cell Mercedes GLC model is in development.
The German automaker is aiming to offer its first hydrogen fuel cell model within the next two years, using the GLC as the platform of choice for the new technology. Speaking to Autocar, Mercedes’ head of research and development Thomas Weber, confirmed that the company is targeting a combined range for the fuel cell and battery of up to 373 miles and a refueling time for the hydrogen tanks of three minutes.
The model will be called the GLC F-Cell and is scheduled to make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show before heading to dealerships the following year.
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Like other hydrogen fuel cell models offered in today, the Mercedes GLC F-Cell will be available in select markets and will compete with the Toyota Mirai, Honda FCV Clarity and Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell.
Mercedes has been testing fuel cell technology with its B-Class model but is opting to bring it to market with the more upscale GLC. According to Weber, the continued high cost of the fuel stack makes hydrogen fuel cell models only viable with higher classes.
“The technology has matured greatly in recent years, with improved packaging and efficiency, but it remains in its infancy and is still quite expensive by conventional driveline standards,” Weber said.
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