Ever since the company invented the first automobile in 1886, Mercedes-Benz has made a habit of pioneering new ideas that evolve into industry standards.
In 1994, Mercedes-Benz presented the world's first drivable fuel cell vehicle. The experimental NECAR took the company one step closer to reaching the goal of “zero-emission mobility.”
How does fuel cell technology work?
The main purpose of the fuel cell system is to enable a highly-efficient chemical reaction, transforming fuel into power. In doing so, the only by-product generated is pure water. It’s one of the cleanest energy systems available.
A fuel cell vehicle is powered by an electric motor. A fuel cell stack, made by stacking a series of fuel cells together, generates the electricity. It produces enough energy to propel the car, charge the battery and power the accessories like the lights and radio.
A high-voltage battery at the rear of the car allows for instant acceleration, as well as for the storage of energy captured during braking.
Since there are fewer moving parts and no combustion engine, the car is quieter in operation. Given that the only derivative is water, the car has zero harmful emissions. Furthermore, if the hydrogen is made from renewable energy, such as solar or wind power, the entire process – from fuel creation to usage – is emission-free and sustainable.
Environmentally-conscious driving pleasure
Today, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL is the first series-produced electric vehicle with fuel cell propulsion that is suitable for everyday use. With its spirited performance, range of up to 240 miles and water as its only by-product, this hydrogen electric vehicle brings to life the future. Emissions-free driving has never been so enjoyable.