Mercedes-Benz is soon expected to hand over its latest fuel cell car to fleet customers to expand trust on the technology that has been facing difficulties due to difficulties in storing and refuelling hydrogen.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can be charged with the help of a wall socket, thus steering away from refuelling problems. The company has decided to rent out the vehicles at $917 per month in Germany following which the drivers will return the vehicle at the end of the full-service contract.
“Regarding costs and standardization, we have not reached the goal yet, but we are heading in the right direction,” Juergen Schenk, the head of Mercedes-Benz electric-drive system integration, told reporters in Stuttgart this week. “Fuel cells will see a breakthrough — whether that is going to be in cars, vans or buses remains to be seen.”
Fuel cell cars possess an added advantage over other green-tech cars as it emits only water vapours. However, the tech failed to gain traction in the market being costly and due to the lack of infrastructure as well as complex storage of hydrogen.
Mercedes –Benz home turf-rival Volkswagen has also hinted on small-scale production of fuel cell cars under Audi by 2020. Apart from that, Mercedes also plans on introducing the new tech in Japan which homes to major proponents of Hydrogen fuel cars, Toyota and Hyundai which have already begun to offer vehicles commercially.