Since January 2011, a cross-regional fleet demonstration project with a total of 30 Mercedes-Benz fuel cell vehicles has taken place in the Stuttgart and Frankfurt regions. Customers use the Mercedes-Benz B-Class FCELL under everyday conditions within the framework of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP).
- Fleet demonstration project with a total of 30 fuel cell vehicles from Mercedes-Benz
- Deployment of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL under everyday conditions in multi-city operation by customers
Aim of the project is to deploy the vehicles, especially over long distances. Previously, due to the lacking infrastructure, use was limited to the city area and immediate surroundings. With filling stations in Stuttgart and Frankfurt, customers can experience these vehicles on highways and interstate roads as they travel between cities. The tank of a Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL is filled at modern hydrogen filling stations in just three minutes, which provides a range of 400 km. With additional filling stations in cities including Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Munich and Dusseldorf, other cities can now also be reached with fuel cell vehicles. A comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure is a decisive factor for a successful, widespread market introduction of fuel cell technology.
The experiences made throughout the project and the results from an associated customer acceptance survey are used to further develop fuel cell technology. The results are also put to the disposal of supplier project modules and thereby also help to support their research and development activities.