The three Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL hydrogen-powered vehicles that set off for an around the world trip have just completed the journey. The team set off from Stuttgart in Germany in January and all of them have just driven into Stuttgart once again, 30,000km later.
The journey started as part of the company’s 125th anniversary celebrations earlier this year, and now the cars have claimed the record as the first fuel cell, full hydrogen-powered cars to circle the globe. The super-eco-friendly B-Classes travelled through 14 different countries to complete the trip.
Just 200 hydrogen fuel-cell refilling stations are currently available around the world. The cars strategically managed to thread their way around the world using some of these stations, and got some help along the way from Linde Group and a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter refueling van. All three cars arrived not a day off schedule today in Stuttgart.
Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, spoke about the achievement:
“With the F-CELL World Drive we have shown, that the time for electric vehicles with fuel cell has come. Now the development of the infrastructure has to pick up speed. For only an adequate number of hydrogen fueling stations enables car drivers to benefit from the advantages of this technology: high range, short refueling times, zero emissions.”
Around 200 production Mercedes-Benz F-CELL cars have been delivered to customers in Europe and the US. This achievement is proof hydrogen-powered cars could be the way of the future.