Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell – manufacturing plug-in hybrid hydrogen SUV debuts with 208 hp, 478 km complete vary
One yr after the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell was unveiled in pre-production kind on the Frankfurt Motor Present, Stuttgart has launched full particulars on the model the general public will really be capable of purchase. As intimated beforehand, this eco-friendly SUV is claimed to be the primary hydrogen-powered plug-in hybrid, drawing electrical energy each from a gasoline cell in addition to a lithium-ion battery.
For the reason that motor present, outputs from the electrical motor have elevated from 147 kW (197 hp) to 155 kW (208 hp) – now similar to what you’d discover on a petrol-powered GLC 250 – and from 350 Nm of torque to 365 Nm. Whole vary in hybrid mode has additionally jumped from 437 km to 478 km, whereas the vary utilizing solely the 13.5 kWh (9.three kWh web capability) battery goes from 49 km to 51 km. Prime pace is proscribed to 160 km/h.
The remainder of the specs stay similar, with the brand new gasoline cell being 30% smaller than what you’d discover within the B-Class F-Cell, regardless of a 40% enhance in output. As such, it suits inside the usual GLC’s engine bay and makes use of the identical mounting factors as its fossil-fuelled brethren. It additionally makes use of 90% much less platinum than earlier than, conserving sources and decreasing prices with out impacting efficiency.
Gas comes from two 700-bar hydrogen tanks, encased in carbon fibre and holding four.four kg of the stuff. It’s mounted in the back of the automobile – along with the battery and the electrical motor – leading to a stepped boot ground and rear seats which might be mounted barely increased than in a traditional GLC. Charging the battery to full from 10% takes 1.5 hours on full energy via the 7.four kW onboard charger.
As with Mercedes’ different plug-in hybrids, the GLC F-Cell options 4 working modes for the powertrain. Hybrid optimises using each energy sources, F-Cell retains the battery’s state of cost through the use of solely hydrogen, Battery attracts energy solely from the battery (clearly) and Cost, um, costs the battery whereas on the transfer. These are influenced by the separate Eco, Consolation and Sport drive modes.
Elsewhere, there’s self-levelling air suspension on the rear for a balanced experience even when absolutely loaded. For max effectivity, the local weather management system options pre-entry cooling and heating when the automobile is charged up on the mains, and it could additionally utilise waste warmth from the gasoline cell in colder climates.
The automobile additionally makes use of the sensors from the array of energetic security programs to find out essentially the most environment friendly option to speed up – taking into consideration the route traits, topography and site visitors – and supply the motive force with hints on optimising vary. House owners will be capable of entry numerous bits of data such because the vary, consumption, gasoline tank stage and battery charging standing via the Mercedes me app.
The GLC F-Cell will solely be obtainable as a full-service rental, inclusive of all upkeep and repairs. Deliveries kick off on the finish of this month in main cities already with a reasonably complete hydrogen infrastructure, together with Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne and Düsseldorf. Father or mother firm Daimler can also be engaged on rising the filling station community from 51 to 100 stations throughout Germany by the top of subsequent yr via its H2 Mobility three way partnership, with a goal of 400 stations by 2023.
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