2011 Mercedes B-Class F-CELL First Impressions Review

Thursday March 17th, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL World Drive
By Derek Mau

Likes:

  • Zero emissions
  • Fuel cell technology suitable for larger vehicles
  • Does not require any special service intervals or parts

Dislikes:

  • Loud electrical hum from motors
  • Cost of fuel-cell cars higher than hybrid cars
  • Range limited not by size of hydrogen tank, but tied to location of H2 fueling station

As part of the ceremony to mark the 125th birthday of the invention of the motor car, Mercedes-Benz is promoting their B-Class F-CELL car with a drive across the world as means of promoting the benefits and advantages of fuel-cell technology. Three production (not concept) B-Class F-CELL cars are crossing the globe to prove that fuel-cell cars can be a good alternative to relieving our dependence upon fossil fuels and operate like any other car on the road today. I was fortunate to drive one of the B-Class F-CELL cars when the caravan stopped in San Francisco for fresh Dungeness crab and warm sourdough bread at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Mercedes Invests €600 Million In Small Cars

Monday October 26th, 2009 at 10:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes Benz has spent the last two years trying to figure out what the next generation A and B-class compacts should be. Traditional gas and diesels? Hybrids? EVs? A mixture of all of those? The stakes are high in the this segment of the automobile game and MB has a lot riding on it. And Merc’s parent, Daimler, has just announced that it is going to obligate €600 million in updates and expansion to the factory that builds the A and B-class compacts.

Mercedes has yet to announce which platform, whether the A- class or the B-class, it will use for the upcoming small cars, but we do know that they will start production at the Rastatt factory in late 2011. Mercedes is adding a 710,000 square foot body shop to produces the shells of the new models at the factory and they have already started construction of a new stamping facility in nearby Kuppenheim to produce the body panels that will be welded at the Rastatt body shop.

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