By Derek Mau
- Zero emissions
- Fuel cell technology suitable for larger vehicles
- Does not require any special service intervals or parts
- 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.