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Reviewing Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell B-Class

Andrew English reveiws progress at Mercedes-Benz from the first Necar fuel cell vehicles to its latest hydrogen-powered B-Class sedan.

Published: 09-Jan-2011

those who have followed the vicissitudes of Mercedes-Benz’s fuel-cell development, the arrival of the prototype F-cell B-class in Britain is a tribute to the dogged determination of a generation of engineers.

This goes right back to the first Necar 1, a van filled to the gunwales with fuel-cells, wires and tanks that I saw staggering around a car park at Ulm University in 1994.

In 1999, the proselytising of Dr Ferdinand Panik over Necar 4, the first drivable fuel-cell car, was much criticised, but at least it pushed the technology in front of the press, public and politicians.

Through subsequent Necar models and the dark days of the merger with Chrysler, Mercedes engineers have gnawed away at the problems, and in November it brought two F-cell B-class models to participate in the Brighton-to-London low-carbon car run.

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