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Serious hydrogen car, but unfortunately not for the Netherlands

October 10, 2018

Bob Kroese

I start with the bad news, then I have that wired had: the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell is not (yet) to the Netherlands. Still, I can drive the car in Germany then, to get a taste of the technology that we get as soon as we are ready. That is to say: if we have a somewhat usable network of waterstofstations.

We go into the future to drive on hydrogen? That is the question that is again and again through my mind when I was with the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell by Stuttgart drive. Technically it is possible, that shows Mercedes-Benz to with these converted SUV. But there are still many obstacles: how are we going on a clean and efficient way of hydrogen generation, and who is going to be there a complete network of waterstofstations build?

The car itself is not. A hydrogen car runs as an electric car and is so quiet, quick and runs smoothly. That under the hood a mini-power plant is located, you notice, not during the drive. The person behind you driving, however, because if you some gas shows ugh the GLC water through the exhaust to the outside. It is reminiscent of an old-fashioned kettle in which the boiling water from the spout to spray. In theory you would the water that is remaining after the conversion of the hydrogen, can drink. Really seems to me that not and I have not tried.

Especially on the GLC is that there is a 13.8 kWh battery pack is present, that through the power socket can be recharged. That makes the GLC F-Cell is actually a hybrid, but one that is always electric powered. The technique adjusts to the most ideal distribution of battery – or brandstofcelstroom, but you can also choose what source you want to use. On the batteries is the range about 45 kilometres. With the hydrogen tanks filled you come around 420 km away. After the alternate route around Stuttgart, I read a consumption of 0,8 kg/100 km on the trip computer. In theory, you would then, by the fuel tank capacity of 4.4 kg, about 550 km drive. Because the battery in between is charged, the consumption is however not completely representative.

No future

Driving on hydrogen seems to be science fiction, but when I’m in the GLC F-Cell along the way am then I have no time idea. This is a development car, not a rickety prototype. Interesting fact: the engineers Mercedes-Benz have more test kilometres with the hydrogen cars made than with battery-electric cars. That brand you. The GLC F-Cell is comfortable, steers nice, has a good handling and a nice interior. The main consessies: trunk is smaller, the back seat is a bit higher and the ground clearance is considerably less.

Hydrogen dissolves in theory, the main problem with electric cars: limited range. The refueling of hydrogen lasts just as long as the refueling of gasoline, for charging a battery you will need significantly more time to pull it out. Or the ever what is going to be hydrogen? If I was purely to the car look, the GLC F-Cell in this case, I think: yes! But for the time being are the concerns greater than the benefits and that is also the reason that we are this car won’t get. Mercedes-Benz late in any case to see that the brand is ready for it. Now, the Netherlands yet.