Here’s What We Know About the New Hydrogen Car From Mercedes Benz

German automobile manufacturer Mercedes Benz will unveil a production-ready version of its promised hydrogen fuel SUV next week. This would put Mercedes side-by-side Honda and Toyota as the first giant car makers with hydrogen vehicles on the roads.

HYDROGEN HYPE

Many of you are probably looking forward to September 12 because of the tenth anniversary of Apple’s iPhone. Well, it’s not the only company with a big reveal set on that day. At IAA Cars 2017 (more commonly known as the Frankfurt Motor Show) next week, German automaker Mercedes Benz will finally unveil a production-ready version of its hydrogen car.

Mercedes has supposedly been working on a hydrogen fuel version of its midsize SUV called the GLC. Since it will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells instead of the usual combustion engine, they’re calling the new vehicle the GLC F-Cell.

The regular GLC. Image credit: Mercedes Benz
The regular GLC. Image Credit: Mercedes Benz
As far as its basic specs go, here’s what we know.

According to Mercedes parent company Daimler AG, the GLC F-Cell packs two tanks encased in carbon-fiber, capable of carrying up to 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of hydrogen. Plus, it has a 9 kWh lithium-ion battery together with its hydrogen fuel-cell stack. The battery would allow the GLC F-Cell to run all-electric for up to 50 kilometers (roughly 31 miles). With the battery and the fuel cells combined, this hydrogen SUV is supposedly capable of covering 500 kilometers (310 miles).

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