Mercedes Benz B Class F Cell vehicle receives eCar award for zero emission
Readers of German auto magazines Auto Bild and Auto Test have ensured that Mercedes Benz B Class F-CELL receives the first place in the category “Best electric vehicle with fuel cell”. Production of this compact passenger car with fuel cell drive had been underway since 2009. The car produces its own electricity through on board chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. It tank gets replenished with fuel in three minutes and then offers a 400 km range driving capacity.
It is powered by a 100 kW electric motor which can be equated to a 2.0 liter petrol engine.The car was selected through an online survey in which 18,324 readers of the two magazines participated. The vehicle NEDC consumption is 3.3 liters per 100 kms and is zero emission which is the major factor which led to its nomination.
Mercedes Engineers have been working on fuel cell vehicles since 1991 and it is this advancement in modern technology coupled with endeavor to bring out alternative power vehicles that has led to the success of the Mercedes Benz F CELL vehicles based on B Class.
News release: eCar Award 2012: Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL secures victory with zero emissions
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL is the best electric car with fuel cell – this is the result of an online survey completed by 18,324 readers of specialist magazines “Auto Bild” and “Auto Test”.
The B-Class F-CELL is the first passenger car with fuel cell drive to be produced by Mercedes-Benz under series conditions. Production of the model has already been under way since 2009. The vehicle generates the power for its electric drive itself on-board from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Its tank can be filled with hydrogen in three minutes, providing a range of some 400 kilometres. And thanks to its powerful 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor, it provides driving pleasure and dynamism on a par with a 2.0-litre petrol engine. The vehicle’s NEDC consumption amounts to just 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres (diesel equivalent). At the same time it produces no emissions whatsoever: the only thing to come out of its exhaust is pure water.
This zero-emission principle, paired with impressive performance characteristics, convinced the readers of the specialist German magazines “Auto Bild” and “Auto Test” to vote the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL into first place in the category “Best electric vehicle with fuel cell”, thus enabling it to secure the eCar Award 2012.