This year’s Frankfurt auto show will host a number of interesting cars. However, just one car manufacturer will introduce the all-new hydrogen-powered hybrid. No, the 2018 Mercedes GLC F-Cell EQ isn’t the hydrogen SUV, but the handsome high-riding vehicle that combines two renewable sources – fuel-cell and electric electricity.
According to the German car manufacturer, the 2018 Mercedes GLC F-Cell EQ won’t rely on hydrogen power only due to the lack of hydrogen stations. Instead, the plug-in hybrid will also feature an independent battery, so the potential drivers will be able to charge its car at numerous public charging stations.
Mercedes’ hasn’t released any closer information regarding the powertrain. However, our source claims that the GLC F-Cell EQ should be able to cross at least 300 miles with fully-loaded hydrogen tank. The backup variant (electric motor) will rely on a 9.0-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which will deliver around 30 miles of pure electric range.
The 2018 Mercedes GLC F-Cell EQ will make debut this September, however, we are not so sure when it will hit the dealerships and where it will be available. It’s pretty simple: If Mercedes sees its future in fuel-cell models it will have to build more hydrogen stations across Germany, Europe, and rest of the world. Bearing in mind how big and powerful is the car manufacturer they won’t build the fuel-cell car just for fun and without a good plan.