Mercedes-Benz's F 800 High-Efficiency Car
STUTTGART, GERMANY - Mercedes-Benz released photos and technical details of their new research vehicle today, theÂ F 800 Style Hybrid, which they have configured in two powertrain combinations - a Plug-In Hybrid type and a hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Hybrid model. The five-passenger F 800 Style research vehicle is an advanced high efficiency & low emissions car, with the hydrogen fuel cell variant actually producing zero emissions.
Mercedes-Benz also indicated today that the Plug-In Hybrid features found on the F 800 Plug-In (see photo) and their recent S 500 Plug-In Vision concept car will make their way into the next generation S-Class. This means that customers of the upcoming new design Mercedes-Benz's S-Class model will be able to purchase a hybrid drive version capable of being plugged into a home outlet and charged. The company currently offers a hybrid drive model in the form of the 2010 S 400 Hybrid.
What makes the F 800 Style research vehicle remarkable is that the Plug-In Hybrid version combines both high power output with very low emissions and an ultra-compact car type fuel consumption. The Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style Plug-In Hybrid is very powerful and can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155.35 mph). The high efficiency - low emissions status of the F 800 Hybrid is shown by a preliminary combined fuel consumption of just 2.9 L/100 km (81.1 U.S. MPG / 97.4 Imp MPG)Â and an emission of just 68 grams per kilometre of CO2. Mercedes-Benz says that the F 800 Plug-In Hybrid can reach an 'e-mode' all-electric battery powered top speed of 120 km/h (74.57 mph) and can do this over a driving range of up to 30 km.
The powertrain in the Mercedes-Benz F 800 Plug-In Hybrid model is a 3.5 L V6 gasoline (petrol) engine that produces 220 kW (300 hp) and this is mated to an 80 kW (109 hp) electric motor in a hybrid drive configuration. The total output power of the Mercedes-Benz F 800 Hybrid Plug-In model is 300 kw (409 hp), which gives it incredible acceleration for such a high efficiency and low emissions vehicle. The battery pack on the F 800 Plug-In has a capacity of 10 kWh and can be charged off a commercial quick charger or off of a customer's home electricity outlet.
The F 800 Style Fuel Cell is the second variant powertrain of the F 800 and is powered by hydrogen. The F 800 Style Fuel Cell has an output power of 100 kW (136 hp) and an output torque is 290 Nm. The F 800 Fuel Cell produces zero emissions with an output of just water vapour as an exhaust. The fuel cell engine converts hydrogen into electricity and this is then used to power the all-electric rear-wheel drive. In this pure zero emissions drivetrain format, the F 800 Style research vehicle can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 11 seconds and has a maximum speed of 180 km/h. Mercedes-Benz says that the range of the F 800 Style Fuel Cell car is 600 km (372.84 miles) off of its four onboard hydrogen storage tanks.
What Mercedes-Benz has shown in the F 800 Style Research car is that new benchmarks in combined fuel efficiency, high performance and low emissions are within reach for the near-term future, and that the application of advanced technology will be bringing significant new cars to the marketplace.