In the battle to reduce vehicular emissions, there are two main weapons of choice: batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Mercedes-Benz has already confirmed plans for a line of battery-electric cars and battery-powered versions of the Sprinter and Vito vans.
The Drive reported that in addition to these hybridized efforts, the German automaker’s new Concept Sprinter F-Cell shows that Mercedes hasn’t given up on fuel cells either.
The rear-wheel-drive Concept Sprinter F-Cell’s powertrain produces 147 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Three tanks mounted under the floor can store enough hydrogen for 300 kilometers (186 miles) of driving, according to Mercedes. Another tank can be added to the rear of the vehicle, boosting range to 500 km (310 mi), the automaker said, but that’s not all.
Like the hydrogen-powered Mercedes-Benz GLC variant, the Concept Sprinter F-Cell also features a small battery pack to supplement the fuel cells, adding 30 km (18 mi) of range. That makes the Concept Sprinter a plug-in hybrid, but using a combination of fuel cells and batteries instead of an internal-combustion engine and electricity.
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