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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 travelled: 469 kilometres

bits: Yungang Grottoes/Cloud Caves, Pingyao village

early start suggested we beat the traffic out of Datong, but no luck. It wasn’t quite as as in and around Beijing, but it was even chaotic. That was partly to do a greater mix of road users. a distinct hierarchy at work than any notion of rules, on the size of vehicle — and its prestige.

Pedestrians are the lowest and they are completely ignored by In spite of that they step out in front of cars any warning. Cyclists and scooter are marginally further up the food but they’re even less and often carrying unbalanced You soon learn to ignore as they know they to give way to cars.

The F-Cell, based on the Mercedes B-Class, is a size for this type of It’s small enough to nip in and out of but it’s not so small that of bigger vehicles reckon have priority. The foreign Mercedes badge and bright paintwork actually help We noticed that drivers of large European cars the biggest bullies on the road, and 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 China is changing and this, will become a thing of the In contrast, there are more bins everywhere than and each new power plant (of we saw several under construction) to be cleaner than before. a population of over 1.3 billion it’s of utmost importance to the of the planet that the country’s and eco-aspirations catch up.

Speaking to engineers on the trip is encouraging in regard. When the German first started to discuss a in China it assumed that the emissions and pollutant reducing would not be of primary interest, but the opposite.

Is hydrogen the answer?

aside the incredible experience of a journey, the F-Cell Mercedes proved itself. We drove it as we have a regular car at the same and without attempting to get the most out of tank. The route featured from brand new motorway to broken urban streets to wasteland where the roads a test course for an off-road The car was comfortable, quicker than anything else we encountered on the and utterly reliable.

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.

important were the hydrogen and the accompanying mobile filling There is no such thing as a filling network in our part of the never mind China. the F-Cell has a range of about 400 so it’s not like we were by an umbilical cord to the hydrogen

That lack of infrastructure is one of the hurdles for fuelling cars hydrogen. However, the desire to one is there. Germany will have 1,000 hydrogen stations, which is a start. As for the Mercedes is about half way a 200-unit production run and is well on the way to its replacement. That will be on the next generation B-Class and hopes to make 2,000

Mercedes alone can’t the world, but it certainly appears to be its part. The world is changing in any and nowhere is that more 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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