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Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell (Daimler Fuel Cell)
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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Fuel Cell Car To Launch 2010

In 2010, Daimler will start selling its own hydrogen fuel cell powered car. Daimler recently announced that the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell B-Class will go on sale in the summer of 2010 in a limited series production. Driving on the roads of Northern Sweden, Daimler Research has been testing their new B-Class Fuel Cell car against the cold -25 degrees Celsius temperatures found there. The F-Cell B-Class is is a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) that runs off hydrogen gas and produces only water as the exhaust.

Daimler has been testing two aspects of the B-Class F-Cell while in Sweden, and these are the cold starting ability of the Daimler fuel cell at temperatures below -25 C and the performance of the ESP (Electronic Stability Control) when the B-class is powered by a fuel cell driven electric motor. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell has a 100 kW/136 hp electric motor with 136 Nm of torque. Daimler says that the B-Class F-Cell will have similar performance characteristics to a 2.0L petrol (Gasoline) powered engine when it is released.

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