A production Mercedes-Benz hydrogen-powered car will reportedly be unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, before going on sale in select markets around the globe.
The info came from Thomas Weber, the Mercedes Head of Research and Development, who spoke to Autocar: “We are targeting a combined range for the fuel cell and battery of up to 600km, along with a refueling time for the hydrogen tanks of three minutes”.
The hydrogen-powered vehicle is expected to be based on the GLC, and not on the previous B-Class fuel cell prototypes. Weber supports the decision by stating that the high cost of the fuel cell stack makes a production model viable only in higher classes.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell, as it will may be called, will rival fuel cell cars such as the Toyota Mirai and the Honda FCV Clarity. The company plans to offer it on a monthly lease or through its purchase program, for an estimated £50,000 ($76,490.50 at current exchange rates).
The German brand is no stranger to testing hydrogen-powered cars and, besides the above mentioned prototypes of the compact MPV, it also created the F 015 Luxury in Motion and the Vision Tokyo concepts, both of them equipped with autonomous technology, and let’s not forget the F 125 from 2011.