The time has come. Development of the GLC F-CELL is complete after almost three years and the vehicle is sold to its first customers. Was there a moment in the development phase you would never forget?
That would be, for example, “the steam cloud”. Our test drivers were actually spoken to on the street: “There’s smoke beneath the car!” Look, something is not right. Take a look“. . . This happens because Locally, a hydrogen car is totally free of emissions. It only produces water vapor. This is why we have an extractor fan in the GLC F-CELL instead of an exhaust system. This ends beneath the car. Depending on the weather conditions, this may result in a cloud of steam beneath the vehicle. During test drives this initially led to confusion amongst other drivers who saw it and wanted to help out. We learned from this and amended the vehicle as a result.
The cloud of steam beneath the vehicle is now a thing of the past. It’s surely not the only fea-ture of the GLC F-CELL?
No, of course not. What makes the GLC F-CELL so special is that it’s based on two energy sources: a battery and a fuel cell. We integrated both into the existing bodywork of the normal GLC. Compared to cars powered by electrical batteries such as the EQC 400 4MATIC (combined power consumption: 20.8-19.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km)** there was no need to create a new vehicle plat-form. We could work with an existing format. However, we have used the construction space differently compared to the B-Class F-CELL. Everything was hidden beneath a double floor in that vehicle. Everything is now much more compact and fits into the GLC F-CELL’s engine compartment. In the future, this development may also be used in other vehicles with the fuel cell.