Autocar quotes Mercedes-Benz’ head of R&D Dr. Thomas Weber as saying that the company will introduce a fuel cell version of its GLC SUV next year. The release of the GLC F-Cell will be followed by the introduction of four battery-electric cars starting in 2018.
The most recent Mercedes-Benz light-duty fuel cell vehicle is the B-Class F-Cell, which began production in 2009. The B-Class-based vehicle, which represented Mercedes-Benz’ second-generation fleet experience, had light modification to support the integration of the fuel cell system, the hydrogen tank system as well as the electric drive. In 2013, Mercedes-Benz reported that the B-Class had already achieved 3.3 million kilometers (2 million miles) of driving.
The earlier A-Class fuel-cell vehicle accumulated more than 2 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) in fleet testing.
Weber told Autocar that the hydrogen fuel cell technology has improved significantly.
Weber also told Autocar that the first BEV to emerge in 2018 would have a 250- to 300-mile range.