Traveling in the Mercedes GLC Fuel Cell
Daimler changes the Mercedes GLC fuel Cell from the defensive in the attack mode and is the first hydrogen car to bring the already successful series. It should be offered from the fourth quarter of this year.
Daimler is one of the first volume manufacturers to focus on hydrogen as an energy source in electric cars for three decades. Numerous experimental vehicles named Necar were built in the form of vans, A and B classes and buses, but it was not enough for series production. After a large-scale marketing tour around the world for the hydrogen-powered Mercedes B-Class, the series launch for 2012/2013 was announced and shortly thereafter postponed indefinitely.
The gap filled Asian manufacturers. Honda launched its FCX Clarity in a small series in 2007, Hyundai retreated with the ix35 FCEV in 2013 and Toyota came out in 2015 with the hydrogen-powered Mirai. Hyundai recently presented the Nexo as ix35 successor, the second generation of a fuel cell SUV. In the meantime, Daimler only had hydrogen agreements with Ford and Nissan that had no effect on results.
For Professor Christian Mohrdieck, head of the fuel cell system division at Daimler, the advantages are obvious:
Zero emissions, long ranges and short refuelling times, as well as a wide range of applications from cars to buses and commercial vehicles.
Despite the daunting sales figures of the competition, Daimler is now launching its first hydrogen car in series, the successful Mercedes-Benz GLC with internal combustion engines. It should be offered from the fourth quarter of this year. Christian Mohrdieck, head of the fuel cell division at Daimler, explains one of the development goals, the mass-production compatibility:
The Mercedes GLC fuel cell has the same intake points as the burner and so we have a similar crash behaviour and can produce the car as normal in the GLC plant Bremen.
In it, the hydrogen from the bottles and oxygen from the air to water, the resulting electrical energy drives the electric motor on the rear axle. It delivers 147 kW / 200 hp and offers a maximum torque of 350 Nm, which unlike the burner, can be called up from the stand.