The Mercedes-Benz A-Class F-Cell is the first fuel-cell-powered passenger car. The first two zero-emissions vehicle were delivered to the companies Landsvirkjun and Reykjavik Energy.
"Mobility plays an essential role on the way towards a sustainable hydrogen economy," says Gudmundur Thoroddsson, CEO of Reykjavik Energy, which is implementing the policy of over one-half of the company’s fleet being fuelled by alternative sources by 2013. "We are convinced, that fuel cell driven vehicles are the concept of the future. "At the beginning of 2008, DaimlerChrysler will deliver the next A-Class F-Cell to Iceland.
"The use of our fuel-cell-powered A-Class in Iceland is an excellent example of sustainable mobility, because the hydrogen is produced locally with geothermal energy or hydropower. This means that totally environment-friendly motoring is already a reality in Iceland," says Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research and Advanced Engineering Body and Powertrain as well as Chief Environmental Officer of DaimlerChrysler AG.
Through the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen, the fuel cell produces electrical energy with very high efficiency - approximately twice as high as that of internal combustion engines - regardless of whether such an internal combustion engine is run on conventional fuel or hydrogen. Fuel-cell-powered vehicles emit nothing other than pure water vapour. In the A-Class F-Cell, the entire fuel-cell system and the hydrogen tanks fit into the underbody of the vehicle and do not take up any space in the interior or luggage compartment. The F-Cell has a radius of operation of around 160 kilometres. The high-torque electric motor delivers 65 kW, which allows dynamic motoring in town and across country. In around 14 se-conds, the vehicle accelerates from zero to 100 km/h; the top speed is 140 km/h.