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Mercedes-Benz F-Cell

We took in the Chinese stint of the Mercedes-Benz World Drive.

When: 2011

Where: China

Mercedes-Benz F-Cell

Occasion: F-Cell World Drive

The of the F-Cell World Drive is to that fuel cell is ready for everyday use. 31,000 kilometres will be in just 125 days by each of the F-Cell cars taking — powered by hydrogen and only water. We drove 1,300 kilometres of the stint China.

Day 1: Beijing to Datong

of Beijing: 22 million

Distance 409 kilometres

Tourist bit: The Wall of China

An early shuttle to the outskirts of Beijing did to prepare us for what was to come. was light and progress was swift and While we waited for the off in the F-Cell casually mentioned that the factory we parked near over 300,000 Mercedes-Benz per year for the region. The scale of country is breathtaking and numbers that barely convey it.

A few spent in extremely heavy traffic was a more tangible Imagine the M50 at its worst, packed bank holiday traffic. Now in a few major accidents. Sounds right? That’s only the of it. To fully understand the experience in you then have to throw the book titled ‘Rules of the

Each and every driver is to get ahead, no matter how. don’t stick to a lane for long and rarely indicate moving from it. However, not like they watch mirrors to wait for a gap either, just move out whenever To say you need your wits you is a serious understatement. Apparently the main arteries around get clogged up outside of rush despite the authorities’ best to limit traffic and car ownership.

all three F-Cells made it to visit a particularly impressive of the Great Wall. Walking up sections of the wall was an incredible but just as remarkable was catching of other parts of if throughout the day in the Not surprising really when you that it’s said to about 8,000 kilometres. you can see it from space is a myth by the

Day 2: Datong to Lingshi

Population of 3.11 million

Distance 469 kilometres

Tourist bits: Yungang Ridge Caves, Pingyao

Another early start we might beat the traffic out of but no such luck. It wasn’t as heavy as in and around Beijing, but it was more chaotic. That was to do with a greater mix of road There’s a distinct hierarchy at rather than any notion of based on the size of vehicle and its perceived prestige.

Pedestrians are the form and they are completely by drivers. In spite of that regularly step out in front of without any warning. Cyclists and riders are marginally further up the tree, but they’re even predictable and often carrying loads. You soon learn to them, as they know have to give way to cars.

The obviously based on the Mercedes is a good size for this of driving. It’s small to nip in and out of gaps, but it’s not so small drivers of bigger vehicles they have priority. The plates, Mercedes badge and green paintwork actually too. We noticed that of new, large European were the biggest bullies on the and there was no retribution at all.

For a while it seems that the beeping accompanying this must be in anger, but actually the is mostly used as a warning to that you’re coming Oh, and we found out the hard way that if a flashes his lights, he’s through, not that you should go

Day 3: Lingshi to Xi’an

Population of 233,000

Population of Xi’an: million

Distance travelled: 512

Tourist bit: Terracotta

Day three started with a reminder of how dirty fossil can be. The ‘scenic’ route we took through one of the biggest power areas in China. Sadly, also known as one of the dirtiest. The generation is mostly thanks to coal, which is transported in trucks and massive freight The power plants look enough with smoke out of them, but you don’t need to see the to know they’re there; you can it in your throat and the air is thick smog. I shudder to think how it the people living in that never mind our atmosphere.

But is changing and this, gradually, become a thing of the past. In there are more recycling everywhere than here and new power plant (of which we saw under construction) aims to be than before. With a of over 1.3 billion people of utmost importance to the rest of the that the country’s technology and catch up.

Speaking to Mercedes-Benz engineers on the is encouraging in that regard. the German company first to discuss a partnership in China it that the latest emissions and reducing technology would not be of interest, but found the opposite.

Is the answer?

Leaving aside the experience of such a journey, the Mercedes really proved We drove it as we would have a car at the same speeds and without to get the most out of each tank. The featured everything from new motorway to chaotic broken streets to barren wasteland the roads resembled a test for an off-road vehicle. The car was comfortable, than virtually anything we encountered on the road and utterly

Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster

I don’t want to give the that we were alone in all While we were often solo, relying on a rudimentary system, the support crew was including two articulated trucks, two carrying hydrogen, a doctor, Merc Vitos, Sprinters and GLs and a few GLKs for good measure.

Most important were the trucks and the accompanying mobile station. There is no such as a hydrogen filling network in our of the world, never mind Still, the F-Cell has a range of 400 kilometres so it’s not like we attached by an umbilical cord to the trucks.

That lack of is one of the biggest hurdles for fuelling with hydrogen. However, the to develop one is there. Germany soon have 1,000 filling stations, which is a As for the F-Cell, Mercedes is about way through a 200-unit production run and is on the way to developing its replacement. That be based on the next generation and Mercedes hopes to make examples.

Mercedes alone change the world, but it certainly to be playing its part. The world is in any case and nowhere is that obvious than in China.

Mercedes-Benz F-Cell

Pricing: per month in Germany

Engine: Exchange Membrane (PEM) cell generates electricity, is stored in liquid-cooled lithium-ion of 1.4kWh capacity

Transmission: motor, front-wheel drive

style: five-door mini-MPV

Mercedes-Benz B 180 CDI

CO 2 emissions: 0g/km

Tax A — €104 per annum

cycle consumption: 0.97kg of per 100 kilometres

Top speed: 170km/h

11.4 seconds

Power: of 136hp, continuous 95hp 290Nm from a standstill

F-Cell World Drive

in our stint: 1,389 kilometres Our speed: 80km/h Highest achieved: 140km/h Average consumption: 1.02kg/100km

Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster
Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster
Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster
Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster
Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster
Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster


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