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PHOTO CAPTION: Mercedes-Benz B-class F-Cell sedan to be leased to 70 customers in California.

Mercedes Ready to Lease F-Cell Hydrogen Car

Approximately 70 cars will be leased in LA and San Francisco areas where there are a number of hydrogen refueling stations.

Published: 10-Mar-2012

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Hydrogen Electric Drive is the newest hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to hit the streets of America, joining Honda's FCX Clarity, which debuted to a limited number of lessees in the U.S. and Japan in 2008. According to Mercedes-Benz, the F-Cell, which converts hydrogen to electricity, gets the equivalent of 90 highway mpg, has a range of 240 miles and emits nothing but water vapor.

“It offers everything you’re used to in a car except emissions,” Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes, said in a press presentation last year. The company says it has made important progress in the past few years in improving the range and performance of its fuel-cell vehicles and in ensuring they can start in cold weather.

To showcase the F-Cell's road-worthiness, Mercedes sent an F-Cell on an around-the world trip last year, which it completed in 125 days. And to further promote the car, Mercedes rolled out a catchy YouTube video this week (below), featuring an F-Cell draped in LEDs and connected to a camera that captured the outside environment, which was then transmitted back through the LEDs. The effect was to make the car invisible -- emphasizing Mercedes' assertion that the F-Cell is essentially invisible to the environment in terms of its emissions.

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