What is it? Mercedes-Benz is displaying its upcoming F-Cell fuel-cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, as it prepares to lease about 100 examples in California this December. Lease price is estimated to be between $600 to $800 a month, though more specifics are expected to be announced at the event.
Based on the B-Class four-door hatchback, the latest F-Cell carries 3.7 kg of hydrogen in tanks pressurized to 10,150 psi. The gaseous energy powers a 136 hp electric motor and 35-kilowatt lithium-ion battery under the floor. The company claims a range of about 230 miles, and it describes fuel economy as equivalent to 54 miles per gallon.
The cost to fill the F-Cell up with hydrogen would be around $50 to $60 in Southern California--about the same as filling the tank of a large SUV. Hydrogen fuel, however, will be included in the lease price of the F-Cell, along with free maintenance and insurance.