Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell’s World Tour Cut Short after Accident in Kazakhstan

On January 30th, 2011, three Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell models set out from Germany to travel around the globe covering 30,000 kilometers (about 18,700 miles) in 125 days to demonstrate the technical maturity and reliability of the world’s first series production fuel cell vehicle.

The trip will take the fuel cell vehicles through 14 countries including France, Spain, Portugal, USA, Canada, Australia, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and back to Stuttgart, Germany in June.

For one of the B-Class F-Cell models, however, the trip turned nasty in Kazakhstan after it was involved in an accident on Wednesday. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the crash but Mercedes said that the B-Class F-Cell No3 could not complete the trip as is. The company added that it is currently examining the possibility of repairing the car at its next stop or replacing it altogether with a spare car.

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