The Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster, built by 150 trainees of a dual-education system, took the historic route taken by Bertha Benz this weekend. The fuel-cell powered concept started its trip in Mannheim and finished at the chemist’s shop in Wiesloch, where the Bertha Benz stopped to refuel during the first long-distance journey in automobile history 1888.
“This trip by the F-CELL Roadster is symbolic of the current change taking place in automobile engineering”, says Dr. Thomas Weber, the member of the Daimler AG Executive Board responsible for corporate research and development at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Power for the F-CELL Roadster comes from a fuel-cell system that outputs of 1.2 kW allowing it to reach a top speed of 15 mph and an operating range of 217 miles.
Mercedes-Benz said that before the end of this year it will launch a small-series production of the B-Class with a fuel-cell drive system. Later this year the first units of the Smart ForTwo electric-drive will also roll of the production line.
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– By: The Daily Auto Editor