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Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster

In a hitherto unique Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster project bridging various fields of profession, the trainees of Daimler AG at the Sindelfingen Mercedes-Benz plant have built a Roadster with fuel cell drive. For about a year, more than 150 trainees and dual education system students worked on the overall concept, development, assembly, and completion of the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster Concept. This project involved junior employees from the fields of automotive mechatronics, model-building, electronics, coating technology, manufacturing mechanics, product design, and interior appointments. The prime objective of the project was to integrate the topic of alternative drive systems into training with hands-on experience.

"This project impressively demonstrates that the topic of sustainable mobility has become an integral part of our vocational training," said Human Resources Board member and Labor Relations Manager G√ľnther Fleig. "I am delighted to see how much initiative and creativity the young people have put into this project."

Tradition meets the future

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster Concept uniquely combines state-of-the-art technologies with the history of vehicle construction. As an allusion to the Benz Patent Motor Car from 1886, the vehicle is fitted with large spoked wheels. Moreover, the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster incorporates stylistic elements from diverse eras of automotive history, such as the carbon-fiber bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers and the distinctively styled fiberglass front section, based on the component from the Formula One racing bolides.

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster Concept is controlled with drive-by-wire technology, and a joystick takes the place of a conventional steering wheel. The vehicle is powered by the emission-free fuel cell system located at the rear. With a power rating of 1.2 kW the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster reaches a top speed of 25 km/h and has an operating range of up to 350 km.

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Gee, it looks like the answer to a question that nobody asked. Interesting exercise, but isn't fuel cell technology already advancing in real world cars? And drive by wire and joysticks have been around for years. It's hard to see how this vehicle is advancing technology.

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Its not, its wasting time so that the oil companies can earn more money along side of the car manufactures, same as all the current green vehicles. They just want to look like they are doing something when they are really doing bugger all.

Fuel cells will pretty much never be a good solution for powering cars they way they are developing, Basic Li-ion Battery cars are much better for the average commuter, The Cells might be useful for long range driving, but not if there are no refill stations anywhere. A simple generator is better running off conventional fuel for long trips is better. They wouldn't sell and they crushed the first lot of true green cars cause they worked too well rofl. The old GM EV1s

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