The future for hydrogen? Mercedes production collapses GLC F-Cell


The company Mercedes-Benz decided to withdraw from the production of hydrogen crossover GLC F-Cell, which turned out to be too expensive, and generally turn the development of cars running on fuel cells. Now the manufacturer will focus on systems for heavy commercial vehicles, and will cooperate with Volvo Trucks.

Hydrogen crossover Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell was the world’s first production passenger car to combine the hydrogen fuel cells capable of charging the traction battery from an electrical outlet. His development was conducted within the framework of an agreement with Renault and Nissan on the technology development of fuel cells, but only the Germans were able to bring the case to the end and bring to market a product suitable for use on normal roads.

However, private customers could only rent a car and were our first customers of the company Air Liquide, Shell and Linde, as well as railway operator Deutsche Bahn.

The SUV was equipped with one electric motor 211 with the recoil forces and 365 Nm of torque, two cylinders, containing 4.4 kg of hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery is 13.5 kilowatt-hours, of which only available at 9.3.

On electric GLC F-Cell drove 51 km and in hybrid mode with connection of fuel cells is 478 kilometres (NEDC measuring cycle).


Mercedes-Benz claim that the production model costs twice more expensive than similar battery models. It was therefore decided to remove it from the conveyor and switch on the development of hydrogen systems for large commercial vehicles.

Unlike its competitors, BMW continues to believe in the prospects of the technology and is preparing to launch crossover NEXT i Hydrogen on the basis of the current X5. Its propulsion system developed in collaboration with Toyota.

It consists eDrive fifth generation as the future iX3, fuel cell, electric inverter and two cylinders, which under pressure of 700 bar filled with six kilograms of hydrogen gas. The total output is 275 kW (374 HP).

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