Mercedes-Benz recently sent several of its F-CELL cars on a world tour to demonstrate the viability of the hydrogen powered cars.
CarAdvice got behind the wheel while the cars were in Australia, both in Sydney and in Perth, and we can attest to the F-CELL's drivability and impressive engineering.
If infrastructure was in place, we could see the F-CELL being a brilliant alternative to the full electric or hybrid cars claiming to save the environment.
While on tour in Kazakhstan, however, one of the cars was involved in a crash which saw it removed from the tour altogether. While no-one was hurt, it did delay proceedings for a while. The car was undriveable, and looking at the rear wheel, you can see why.
It's interesting to note a line from Mercedes-Benz's press release before it began this leg of the journey: The backup navigation unit provided has no map material for Kazakhstan, therefore the participants must pay even more attention here. Just in case, maps of the countries concerned will be carried in each vehicle.
Speaking with CarAdvice today, Mercedes-Benz's Jerry Stamoulis said that rather than repair the car, "the F-Cell was replaced with another car to keep to schedule of the World Drive."
The world tour began on January 30 and and will wrap up back in Germany at the beginning of June, the cars' 125 day journey representing the 125th anniversary of the automobile.