The F ! In the F ! Mercedes-Benz rigorously follows its vision of emission-free driving with hydrogen power, underlining the potential of H2 as an energy source for the future. The researchers and developers at Mercedes-Benz have incorporated already well-proven concepts and technologies which are not yet available today, but for which basic research has shown great future promise, and therefore a realistic chance of implementation in future series-production cars. The decisive innovations are: A logical further development of the fuel cell drive system in combination with plug-in technology Revolutionary tank technology: the structure integrated hydrogen composite storage unit.
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The new Mercedes-Benz F ! The F ! In the F ! Mercedes-Benz rigorously follows its vision of emission-free driving with hydrogen power, underlining the potential of H2 as an energy source for the future.
While previous Mercedes-Benz research vehicles have "looked ahead" by roughly one vehicle generation - seven to eight years - the F ! The researchers and developers at Mercedes-Benz have incorporated already well-proven concepts and technologies which are not yet available today, but for which basic research has shown great future promise, and therefore a realistic chance of implementation in future series-production cars.
On this basis the F ! This study combines pioneering and highly efficient storage, drive and bodyshell technologies with unique control and display concepts. The research vehicle also presents itself with an expressive design which transfers the classic Mercedes design idiom into the future.
Highlights of the F ! A bodyshell of innovative, lightweight hybrid construction with a high proportion of fibre-reinforced plastics and an intelligent mix of carbon-fibre, aluminium and high-strength steels, which allows a significant weight reduction while offering a further considerable improvement in safety.
A high-strength construction with crash-responsive protective systems within the doors allows the omission of B-pillars, as well as the use of wide gull-wing doors which allow convenient access to the four seats.
A high-voltage lithium-sulphur battery with a specific energy density of Wh per kg at cell level, which allows considerably higher recuperation rates in combination with the e4MATIC all-wheel drive. The gull-wing doors of light-weight CRP construction can also be opened and closed by hand-gestures. Highly attractive displays using 3D and projector-beam technology to open up new visual possibilities. Next-generation, substantially networked telematics allow internet-based voice control, integration into social media and extensive remote control of vehicle settings and entertainment functions.
Innovative assistance systems for lasting driver stress relief, e. Advanced Driving Assist for semi-autonomous driving. Trailblazing exterior and interior design based on a completely new saloon architecture. Revolutionary: structural integrated hydrogen composite storage unit To store the hydrogen as the fuel of the future, Mercedes engineers adapted a technology which is still the object of basic research.
This opens up completely new perspectives with respect to the vehicle architecture and operating range. In the future, vehicles with emission-free fuel cell drive systems could achieve the operating ranges of current diesel models with no loss of interior space," says Prof. Thomas Weber. Based on the current level of know-how, Mercedes specialists consider it possible that they may develop this technology to series production level from The tank integrated into the floor assembly has a capacity of around 7.
Compared to the high-pressure tanks in use today, the H2 tank potentially requires less installation space. This is because to withstand a pressure of up to bar, current tanks need to be cylindrical in shape, and owing to this round cross-section there are inevitably "cavities" between tanks installed next to or above each other.
In contrast, tanks that can be filled at a pressure of 30 bar or less can be better integrated into the bodyshell. At the same time they are able to act as "structural" components. Lithium-sulphur battery: compact and powerful A highly advanced, very powerful lithium-sulphur battery is envisaged for the F !. It has a storage capacity of 10 kWh and is installed behind the rear seats.
Combining the fuel cell drive system with the innovative lithium-sulphur battery makes a total operating range of up to km possible, of which up to 50 km can be under battery-electric power alone. It can be inductively charged at "intelligent" charging stations, and the convenient charging process can be monitored by smartphone. When designing the F ! This would represent roughly a doubling of current performance. The real potentials of this technology are however the subject of basic research, and are still difficult to assess at present.
Further development of the fuel cell as an energy source At the heart of the drive system lies a particularly powerful further development of the Mercedes-Benz fuel cell stack which has demonstrated its efficiency and day-to-day suitability e.
On 29 January, marking the th birthday of the automobile, Mercedes-Benz commenced the first circumnavigation of the globe with fuel cell powered electric cars in Stuttgart - covering more than 30, kilometres on four continents and through 14 countries. The three fuel cell powered B-Class cars and their backup vehicles returned safely to Stuttgart days later. The stack in the F ! This accelerates the F ! Nonetheless, NEDC fuel consumption is only 0.
Its trailblazing features include: In Natural Handling, operation is substantially by natural speech supplemented with touch and intuitive hand-gestures. In the interests of maximum driver-fitness and operating safety, the F !
The possibilities go well beyond those of current systems. The driver can e. In the future, the driver will be able to start with the traffic report or retrieve personal messages before the selected music programme begins.
The weather report will then automatically come on before the journey ends, for example. Thanks to the mood-based configuration function "Moods", such individual adjustments will be completed in a matter of seconds in future. The F! With the help of the Social Community Assistant, the driver alone can decide who is allowed to "disturb" him, or who receives information.
Thanks to the Seamless Experience functions, the multimedia systems of the F ! The exchange of information is no longer impeded or interrupted on journeys, but is an integral part of the concept. Because of constant connectivity with the Cloud, the driver has seamless access to all the media he normally uses. The tedious synchronisation of different communication and entertainment devices is also completely eliminated. The so-called "digital lifestyle" of many customers can therefore be continued both seamlessly and safely when on board.
Sensory Perfection in the F ! If required, the autostereoscopic 3D display for spatial representation of the instrument cluster is able to show relevant information in clustered form.
The 3D image adapts natural visual habits, allows a better overview and thus relieves the driver of stress. The head unit in the upper section of the centre console uses projector-beam technology, and is controlled via a touchpad with 3D fingertracking located within easy reach of the driver.
In addition to the head unit, the integrated selection bar enables the instrument cluster and rear-view display to be selected. Activated in this way, these displays can also be centrally operated. A further, retractable inch display is installed on the front passenger side, and this is fully controlled by hand gestures. In this way a rear passenger can select his personal film programme with no physical contact.
A high-resolution wide-image display allows the entire traffic situation behind the vehicle to be conveniently monitored, and makes exterior mirrors unnecessary. The image is adapted to human perceptive powers at all times, and once again provides a much clearer overview with more rapid and intuitive registration of the relevant traffic situation.
The vehicle and its multimedia system, as well as all applications and contents, can be completely remote-controlled using the Remote Convenience functions. This e. Just as easily, a home PC or of course a smartphone can be used for remote configuration of the onboard navigation or entertainment system, and to select individual interior temperature settings for each seat. New assistance systems: recognising dangers, travelling in style With the help of innovative driver assistance systems, the touring saloon of the future defuses even "invisible" hazards and relieves driver stress in many standard situations.
If the driver requires, the F ! Advanced Driving Assist allows lane-changes on multi-lane, one-way roads, and in a further development stage even automatic overtaking manoeuvres. Thanks to radio-based networking with the environment, so-called Car-to-X communi-cation, the F !
Specific applications might include a warning of approaching emergency service vehicles, well before the driver can see or hear them, a reminder that other vehicles have the right of way at obscure road junctions, or obstacles on the road. Mobility of the future — Utopias shaping our tomorrow It was visionaries and dreamers who prepared the way for "automobility". The first tentative steps were taken at the end of the 19th Century — in a techno-logical environment where the steam engine dominated the world of power generation.
The steam locomotive added motion to this machine, and tracks were laid everywhere. The idea of fitting coach-like vehicles with compact, fast-running internal combustion engines to make individual, easy and comfortable mobility possible beyond the railway tracks was seen as "utopian" at the time — i.
With the F ! Mercedes-Benz is once again demonstrating this pioneering spirit. F ! It embodies technical and design innovation, and shows the way towards a society able to cope without fossil fuels. Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz F ! Length mm.
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It is named to celebrate the th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz. Powered by an electric motor at each wheel creating a rear-drive biased four-wheel drive "e4MATIC" system. The batteries are provided energy by a hydrogen fuel cell located between the front wheels. The first generation W was introduced in , the second generation model W appeared in late and the third generation model W was launched in The fourth generation model W , which was launched in , will mark the first time the A-Class is offered in the United States and Canada. This fourth generation A-Class will also be the first to be offered both as a hatchback W and sedan V The S-Class are the flagship vehicles of Mercedes-Benz and each generation typically introduces a range of technical innovations and developments that over time will find their way into smaller cars.
The new Mercedes-Benz F ! The F ! In the F ! Mercedes-Benz rigorously follows its vision of emission-free driving with hydrogen power, underlining the potential of H2 as an energy source for the future. While previous Mercedes-Benz research vehicles have "looked ahead" by roughly one vehicle generation - seven to eight years - the F !