Mercedes B-Class Fuel Cell makes it through the cold! Fuel economy is said to be 2.9 litres per 100 kilometres and that is while producing zero emissions.
The Mercedes B-Class with fuel-cell drive has passed it’s cold weather (winter) testing in Sweden. Temperatures apparently reached double digit, below zero figures. Some of the specific aspects of the testing included cold start testing as well as road-holding. The Zero emission B-Class is scheduled to be produced from the beginning of 2010 and will officially be called the B-Class F-CELL.
The power-train is based on the fuel-cell system that Mercedes introduced on their F 600 HYGENIUS research concept in 2005. Highlights of the new system used to power the B-Class include an electric turbo charger for air supply that helps with the car’s cold start capability as well as a new humidification and demisting system.
Mercedes says that compared to the F-Cell A-Class, the F-CELL B-Class will use a refined, more compact, system that is also more efficient. The electric motor produces 100kw/136 hp and torque of up to 320nm. Fuel economy is said to be 2.9 litres per 100 kilometres and that is while producing zero emissions.