Sporty Fuel Cell Car Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

[] At the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, DaimlerChrysler presented the next generation of its fuel cell vehicles. The new F-Cell, built on the Mercedes- Benz B-Class, is extending the company’s family of fuel cell vehicles into sport-touring cars. The vehicle continues with the unique sandwich concept developed by Mercedes-Benz that makes it predestined for this type of drive unit, and a high-torque electric motor will develop more than 100 kW of motor power, that’s 35 kW more power than its predecessor. Thanks to a reduction in fuel consumption and a further enhanced storage capacity, the operating range has now been increased to almost 250 miles (400 km). Researchers and engineers at DaimlerChrysler have worked since 1990 towards automotive application of this technology. In order to focus expertise and resources, DaimlerChrysler has entered into a strategic alliance with Ford Motor Company and the fuel cell specialist Ballard Power Systems.