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Baden-Württemberg Minister President to use Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL fuel cell vehicle as official car
13 December 2013
Baden-Württemberg Minister President Winfried Kretschmann will use a fuel cell-powered Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL (earlier post) as his new official car in Berlin. Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research and Sustainability, Chief Environmental Officer of Daimler AG, officially handed over the vehicle in Berlin.
|The minister president of Baden-Wuerttemberg Winfried Kretschmann and Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research & Sustainability, Chief Environmental Officer of Daimler AG with the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL. Click to enlarge.|
Equipped with a 700-bar high-pressure fuel tank system, the fuel-cell vehicle has an operating range of around 400 kilometers (249 miles) and can be refueled in less than three minutes. The car combines locally emission-free mobility with long-distance and day-to-day suitability and good performance figures.
Produced under series production conditions, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL has already been in day-to-day use with customers in the European and American markets since 2010.
The total mileage of the Daimler fuel cell fleet, which now numbers more than 300 vehicles including numerous research vehicles, has now reached 9 million km (5.6 million miles). Numbering around 70 vehicles, the F-CELL fleet in the USA has now covered 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles).
In early 2013, in a bid to speed up the widespread market availability of fuel-cell technology, Daimler, Ford and Nissan concluded a cooperation agreement covering the joint development of a fuel cell system. The aim is to make competitive electric vehicles available on the market for the first time from 2017.
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