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PHOTO CAPTION: Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell car.

Mercedes 'Zero Emission' Engine Reportedly Ready for Prime Time

Tesla's Elon Musk doesn't think hydrogen is suitable for powering automobiles, but Mercedes-Benz is ready to start selling its fuel cell cars to the public as early as 2017.

Published: 19-Apr-2014

STUTTGART, Germany — At the Mercedes-Benz headquarters here, a showroom display illustrates the rapid evolution of the iconic luxury brand’s hydrogen-fueled cars.

In a 1992 prototype, the fuel cell takes up the entire cargo area of a delivery van. Across the room, today's model — now merely the size of an average television set — is displayed in front of a neon-lit outline of a compact passenger car.

This “zero emission” engine, it appears, is ready for prime time.


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Mercedes-Benz S-class plug-in hybrid

Patent images reveal Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid Plus, which will get the equivalent of 78.4 miles per gallon in the US and 94.1 miles per gallon in the UK.

Mercedes-Benz S-class plug-in hybrid (right front quarter view).

If it mirrors the performance of the original Vision S500 concept, the production model should have an EV driving mode range of up to 30 km (18.6 mi.).

Mercedes B-Class fuel cell sedan

Four current F-Cell lessees talk about their experiences leasing hydrogen-fueled electric cars.


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