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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster
Image: © 2009 Daimler AG

F-CELL Roadster - Test Car For New Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Technology

STUTTGART, GERMANY - Mercedes-Benz recently released this photo of their technology concept fuel-cell powered car called the F-CELL Roadster that was developed by technology trainees at their Sindelfingen manufacturing plant.  The Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster tackles advanced engineering concepts of weight reduction, sustainability, efficiency and hydrogen fuel cell powered zero emissions energy.

The F-CELL Roadster was developed by over 150 Mercedes-Benz youth technology vocational training students at the Sindelfingen Plant, and together the group worked for about a year in the development of the F-CELL Roadster. The F-CELL Roadster concept car uses advanced 'fly by wire' control technology and the Roadster's hydrogen powered fuel cell engine located in the rear of the car along with the lithium-ion battery and the 1.2 kW electric drive motor. The F-CELL Roadster as shown has a designed top speed of 25 km/h (15.6 mph) and a design range of 350 km (218.8 miles).

Mercedes-Benz, Tesla Motors, Fisker Automotive, Honda, Mitsubishi, Smart, Ford, and Toyota are some of the companies currently leading the new direction in technology advancement initiatives in vehicle design, low and zero emissions power, efficiency, and solutions for integrating these concepts into the communities of the future. New city designs like those under development at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, and smart cars' trials of their Car2Go car sharing business and smart electric drive fleet tests in cities like Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Austin, Texas create new living concepts for Daimler to market new transport technology and experience continued corporate growth in the future.  

The key technological advancements embedded in the F-CELL Roadster represent the latest integration of zero emissions hydrogen fuel cell components applied to future-class cars. By starting with a light weight concept like the F-CELL Roadster, Mercedes-Benz can apply the technology efficiently into their new vehicles, and this is for the benefit of both the customer and the Planet.

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