Mercedes eliminates GLC F-Cell and abandons hydrogen battery program

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Mercedes eliminates GLC F-Cell and abandons hydrogen battery program


The electric car It seems that, for the moment, the battle of alternative energies in the automotive industry is winning. Although many manufacturers are investing a lot of resources in the development of the hydrogen vehicle, it seems that this technology does not have many followers, at least until now. This situation has led to Mercedes to phase out GLC F-Cell and drop hydrogen fuel cell program.

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This technology converts hydrogen and oxygen into water and electricity, allowing a fuel cell car is powered by an electric motor which, in turn, is directly powered by hydrogen. It would be enough to refuel in a hydrogenerator to continue circulating, with the only water emissions from the vehicle’s exhaust system. The only vehicle that uses this technology and is marketed in Spain is the Hyundai Nexo.

Mercedes eliminates GLC F-Cell and abandons hydrogen battery program

However, Mercedes He has spent 30 years working on the development of the hydrogen fuel cell to create a zero emission luxury vehicle that is also quiet. In 2013 they launched the Mercedes GLC F-Cell, a hydrogen powered SUV that, until now, has not meant the revolution of this propulsion system. For this reason, Daimler eliminates the model and stops the development program for this technology.

It is not only due to their commercial response, since this decision has been made based on the costs of this type of vehicle, claiming that each model it costs almost double what it means to finance a battery electric car with similar benefits. As I was saying, the GLC F-Cell emerged in 2013 from the association between Mercedes, Nissan and Ford for the development of this technology, although this was the only vehicle that was brought into production.

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The latest units of the GLC F-Cell are currently being produced and will reach customers, but Mercedes has said they will not continue manufacturing. Despite this decision, this does not mean the end of parent company Daimler’s hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the firm recently announced a partnership with Volvo to work on trucks with a hydrogen battery. This association seeks to achieve an evolution of this system and a performance improvement in terms of efficiency and autonomy.

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