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Mercedes-Benz fuel cell SUV to launch in 2017

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Based on the conventionally-powered GLC, the car is a result of Daimler developing a fuel cell system which can fit into a conventional engine compartment. It’s 30% more compact and uses 90% less platinum in its construction, which reduces costs.

Hydrogen is stored in a pair of carbon fibre encased tanks, which can store 4kg of the gas at 700-bar – the higher-pressure standard, which enables more ‘fuel’ to be stored on board. Refuelling takes around three minutes, and offers a range of 280 miles.

Otherwise, it functions much like the brand’s other plug-in hybrids. There’s a 9kWh lithium-ion battery on board, which offers a range of 31 miles to a full charge. The GLC F-CELL will be produced alongside the rest of the model range at the plant in Bremen, which manufactures the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid GLC 350 e.

UK sales have not been confirmed yet, but are likely.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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