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Report: Mercedes Brining Fuel-Cell B-Class to U.S. in 2010

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will begin production of a zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-cell powered version of its compact B-Class model with sales starting in the U.S. and Europe next year.

Using a hydrogen-powered electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack, the F-Cell B-Class will make 134hp and 214 ft-lbs of torque. It will be capable of traveling 250 miles on a tank of hydrogen and get roughly 70 mpg.

"2009 is the year in which we are establishing further milestones where sustainable mobility is concerned. The B-Class F-CELL is taking on a pioneering role as the world's first fuel cell powered automobile to be produced under series production conditions", says Mercedes R&D boss Dr. Thomas Weber.

Like any Mercedes the B-Class F-Cell will be well equipped with leather, heated seats, automatic climate control and the Mercedes Command system.

In anticipation of the B-Class F-Cell hitting the market Mercedes is working with local governments in California as well as in Hamburg and Stuttgart in Germany to set up hydrogen refueling stations.

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I wonder why MB took so long to get onto Hybrids. I guess they can claim research but they should have been ahead of the pack. Afterall, we're talking Mercedes Benz!

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Has Mercedes thought about refueling stations for the fuel cell cars? I know Honda leases the FCX Clarity Hydrogen Fuel cell car in Los Angeles, so I'd guess that'd be one of the first markets? Unfortunately I don't see this taking off in my hometown Phoenix for many years to come
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