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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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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Go Green Racer!

Monday December 8th, 2008 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: goofshow

Honda FCX Clarity and Jamie Lee CurtisOk, what about a car that runs on hydrogen and emits water? For all of you with green thumbs it sounds pretty damn good. The public has been clammering for decades, like Beyonce fans for Beyonce, for fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs). Sure there’s always those test models that the public never gets a chance to get their crazy hands on. But finally it’s our turn for some fuel-cell-vehicle fun! This year, Honda put its FCX Clarity zooming onto the roads of California. This is the real deal—not some experimental prototype that will only be seen by car nerds at auto shows. The Honda FCX Clarity–a hydrogen-fueled cell vehicle that generates electricity for a lively motor—is already in the hands of private drivers (most likely high-profile celebs), who are leasing these green machines. Though such set backs as few fuel stations are minor setbacks, the anit-gas uprising has begun.

Mercedes is the other big playa’ in the fuel cell game. According to Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche, “I’m driving fuel-cell prototypes that have no disadvantages to the customer compared with a conventional car. They have a 250- to 300-mile range, a three-minute refuelling time and good take-off.”

Viva la hydrogen-fueled cell vehicles!

Latest Honda FCX Clarity press release follows on the next page

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Honda Shows FC Sport Concept at LA Show

Wednesday December 3rd, 2008 at 10:1212 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Well this is a surprise. Honda showed off a very interesting hydrogen powered sports car at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year.

Dubbed the FC Sport, the blunt little ride was made to show off the packaging flexibility that is possible with hydrogen fuel cells. Ah, hydrogen fuel cells, the darlings of the seriously geeky eco-minded designers. Sure, makes a lot of sense, 99% off all the stuff in the universe in hydrogen, so using it for fuel seems like a no-brainer (apart from that whole infrastucture thing … oh, and the Hindenburg-esque consequences).

Anyway, the FC Sport uses a V-Flow fuel cell stack and electric drivetrain from the FCX Clarity (Honda’s other hydrogen fueled show car). In the FC Sport, the stack and drive system are moved to the back of the car for a mid-engined layout. Also , the FC Sport is a three-seat sports car, sort of similar to that of the McLaren F1 supercar. The driver is front and center and the two passengers set back on either side.

The FC Sport is strictly a non-functional styling concept, which is unfortunate, because styling-wise, it seems half thought out.

But the overall idea, a fuel cell sports car, is one Honda should pursue further.

Source: AutoBlogGreen

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