4 continents, 14 countries and
30,000 kilometres in 125 days
Setting off from Stuttgart on January 30, the tour will initially head south via Paris, Barcelona and Madrid, to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. There the cars will leave European soil and continue their journey by plane to the East Coast of the USA.
Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive - 125 days, four continents and 14 countries.
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the route heads across the North American continent, along the Gulf of Mexico, leading westwards to Los Angeles, California. Then, travelling along the west coast of the USA, the F-CELL World Drive will go north, finally reaching Vancouver, Canada. After driving for roughly one month and covering more than 7500 kilometres, the vehicles will leave North America, in order to continue their tour in the east of Australia.
Starting in Sydney, the B-Class F-CELL vehicles will head along the south coast of the fifth continent, covering more than 5000 kilometres, with stopovers in Melbourne and Adelaide, until reaching Perth. The last transfer between continents on the world tour will finally take the F-CELL World Drive to the continent of Asia, to the destination of Shanghai in China.
Travelling via the Chinese capital of Beijing, the fuel cell cars will cover a
distance of more than 10,000 kilometres across the continent of Eurasia, heading through the Kazakh cities of Almaty and Astana, to Moscow. This is a stretch of the route with which Mercedes-Benz is already very familiar. In 2006 no less than 33 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vehicles passed through this region, in the opposite direction from Paris to Beijing, as part of the "E-Class Experience".
On the last stage, the route will head through Northern Europe. From
St. Petersburg in Russia, the cars will travel via Finland to the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Oslo in Norway is another destination on the route, before the F-CELL World Drive takes the vehicles via Denmark and back to Germany again, where they will make stopovers in such cities as Hamburg. After 70 days of driving on a journey lasting 125 days, the tour will finally come to an end, back in Stuttgart again, at the beginning of June.