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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Alternative Fuel Vehicles Found in San Jose

Thursday June 24th, 2010 at 1:66 PM
Posted by: Derek

toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid-conceptHybrid cars are expensive and only considered a short term answer towards relieving our dependence upon foreign oil sources. To really decrease America’s dependency and reduce our overall consumption of a non-renewable resource, there are many alternative fuel cars in the pipeline – compressed natural gas, hydrogen, 100% electric vehicles, PHEV, and bio-diesel are the alternative fuels being explored by many car manufacturers and independent companies looking to offer conversions.

Alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen fuel cells, are also being tested by many companies. Ford is testing a CNG powered F-150 with a range of 190 miles on 10 gallons of CNG. Taxi cabs are also a target using CNG as a fuel source. On average, a NY taxi cab can run up 50,000 miles a year. Using CNG, this translates into a savings of approximately $38,000.

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One Million Miles on Fuel Cells

Friday September 11th, 2009 at 8:99 AM
Posted by: m35man

Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell

Let the race away from gas continue! General Motors Co. is now 1 million miles into its fuel cell experiment and company officials say having everyday people drive a test fleet of pollution-free cars has convinced them they are on the right track.

The automaker said it passed the 1 million-miles this week-driven mark in its fuel cell Chevrolet Equinox vehicles, with about 5,000 people rotating in and out of more than 100 cars over the past 25 months. This is extremely good news. Fuel cells are reliable, possess amazing longevity and now proven it without any question—one million miles was a highly desired round number. And it’s now here.

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Honda Wins Green Giant Award

Friday April 24th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: m35man

The hydrogen fuel-cell powered Honda FCX Clarity sedan was declared the 2009 World Green Car. American Honda Motor Co. Inc. announced yesterday at the New York International Auto Show. The FCX Clarity was chosen from an initial entry list of 22 contenders nominated by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries worldwide.

The Clarity, available on a limited lease-basis, is powered by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated by an on-board fuel cell stack. The vehicle’s only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is up to three times that of a gasoline-powered auto and two times that of a gas-powered hybrid vehicle, Honda reported.

This award is a good sign for hydrogen fuel-cell technology, which has undergone a lot of criticism lately. One of the main issues people have with hydrogen is that there aren’t enough fueling stations in this country to support it. Another one is that one tank of fuel on these vehicles can only take you approximately 100 miles. This recognition will hopefully give this segment a much-needed boost that will fast track it with many other carmakers.

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Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO Rules Three-Times Over!

Tuesday December 16th, 2008 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: goofshow

Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO ConceptIf cars could high-five, I would surely be giving the Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO a huuuuuge high-five right now. Mercedes-Benz is speeding way ahead of the pack (in an environmentally-friendly and metaphorically way mind you). Looking like something straight out of Speed Racer, this environmentally responsible electromobility on wheels is being presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And its not just one model Mercedes is trumpeting, but three; each equipped with a different drive configuration–it’s all about your own individual sustainable mobility needs.

So which BlueZERO is for you and your electric drive desires?

Video and more photos after the jump.

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Honda Debuts All-New FCX Clarity Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle

Thursday November 15th, 2007 at 12:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

11/14/2007 – LOS ANGELES

Honda FCX Clarity

Honda today unveiled the FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, announcing plans to begin limited retail marketing of the vehicle in summer 2008.

The FCX Clarity is a next-generation, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle based on the entirely-new Honda V Flow fuel cell platform, and powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack. Featuring tremendous improvements to driving range, power, weight and efficiency – and boasting a low-slung, dynamic and sophisticated appearance, previously unachievable in a fuel cell vehicle – the FCX Clarity marks the significant progress Honda continues to make in advancing the real-world performance and appeal of the hydrogen-powered fuel cell car.

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Honda upping number of fuel-cell cars on U.S. roads

Wednesday October 24th, 2007 at 6:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

Wed Oct 24, 7:30 AM ET

Honda FCX Concept Vehicle

TOCHIGI, Japan – Honda (HMC) will deliver fewer than 100 of its new fuel-cell cars next year, when it’s scheduled for introduction in the United States, the automaker’s top executive said Tuesday at the company’s research and development headquarters here.

Though a small number, it is several times as many FCX hydrogen fuel-cell sedans as the automaker currently has on U.S. roads. Only two of those are in the hands of individuals and about 20 more are in fleet service by governments and other institutions.

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By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

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