With more than 300,000 kilometers, a B-class fuel cell Mercedes-Benz has achieved a continuous running record.
The test shows that fuel cell cars are reliable even under stress and over several years. Daimler AG was honored with the ‘f-cell Award 2014’, achieving the third time for its developments in the field of fuel cell technology in the competition for the Fuel Cell Innovation Award.
The test is a step in the direction of series-ready application of the fuel cell drive train, says the jury of the award committee.
The Mercedes-Benz B-class F- Cell has been used daily by European and American customers since 2010.
At present, the total mileage of the Daimler fuel cell fleet with more than 300 vehicles reaches far more than 9 million kilometers.
Mercedes engineers are on further research program to identify maximum potential for optimization that will help to develop next generation fuel cell electric vehicles.
The objective of the company is to develop a common drive train in cooperation with Ford and Nissan as well as bring large number of competitive fuel cell electric vehicles on the streets by 2017.
In short, Daimler is working on market preparation and involved in several initiatives, such as H2 Mobility, for the build-up of a hydrogen infrastructure.
It has been clearly demonstrated that the fuel cell electric drive is ready for the road. The last hurdles to overcome are in intensive cross-industry and cross-border teamwork, says, Herbert Kohler, vice-president, Group Research and Sustainability, CEO, Daimler.