A car on hydrogen has both a fuel cell and an electric powertrain. Although the fuel cell is only used indirectly for the drive, it is usually not possible to drive electrically. With the Mercedes GLC F-Cell this is possible, that seems to be a sales argument.
The SUV is of course based on the well-known GLC, but now has a completely different powertrain. The electric motor delivers a power of 155 kW (211 hp) and a torque of 365 Nm. The battery pack has a capacity of 13.5 kWh. On hydrogen, the driving range is 430 kilometers, to which another 51 fully electric kilometers can be added. All of this is measured according to the NEDC standard. Hopefully, the practice is not too stubborn. The choice is left to the driver because different driving modes are available. It is possible to run exclusively on hydrogen, or fully electric and there is also a hybrid mode.
The first Mercedes GLC F-Cells have been delivered to customers in Germany. They are large companies and government organizations that are making the switch to hydrogen. These include Shell, Deutsche Bahn, the cities of Stuttgart and Hamburg, national and regional ministries. Individuals can also get acquainted with this car by renting one through the rental department of Mercedes in Germany. It remains unclear what the availability of the car in the Netherlands is.
Refueling is done in no time, refueling hydrogen takes at least no longer than refueling petrol or diesel. The tanks provide space for 4.4 kilograms of hydrogen and are coated with carbon fiber for protection. Quite simply, it is a bigger challenge to find a gas station in the Netherlands that sells hydrogen. The fuel is still moderately popular for the time being.
Competition from the Mercedes GLC F-Cell comes from the Hyundai Nexo and the Toyota Mirai.