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Mercedes Fuel Cell Car Aims to Circle World in 125 Days

F-CELL World Drive B-Class sedan will be supplied by Linde AG at pre-planned refueling stops in 14 countries.

Published: 20-Jan-2011

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will circumnavigate the world using the first series-produced fuel cell vehicle, the B-Class F-CELL, at the end of January 2011.

The overarching ambition of the F-CELL World Drive is to demonstrate the efficiency and suitability for everyday use of fuel cell technology, the company explained. Added to this, the event will form part of a broader campaign geared towards the development of a global hydrogen filling station network.

While the vehicle technology of the B-Class F-CELL is now fully mature, Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, acknowledged that the fuel station infrastructure represents limitations. "With our 'F-CELL World Drive’ we want not only to demonstrate the capability and everyday usability of fuel cell drive, but also to lobby for the establishment of a hydrogen fuel cell network" he stated.

"Today, as with the invention of automobile 125 years ago, the issue of a corresponding fuelling infrastructure arises. But I am confident that together with all of the parties involved we will find a solution that enables us to fully exploit the tremendous potential of this technology" Dr Webber commented.

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