Mercedes-Benz pushes back F-Cell hydrogen-powered vehicle production to 2017

Mercedes-Benz F-CELL

Motor Authority is reporting that Mercedes-Benz has officially delayed its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for at least another four years while it seeks a partner automaker.

The Mercedes hydrogen car is called the F-Cell and is based upon its B-Class car. If you’re not familiar, that’s surely because we don’t get the B-Class Stateside.

Last time we heard about F-Cell, Mercedes aimed to send the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to production in 2014. Apparently the German automaker woke up and smelled the roses, realizing there simply wasn’t a strong enough hydrogen fueling infrastructure to hit the 2014 mark. Buying some time, Mercedes set 2017 as an ideal future production date.

For now, Mercedes is seeking another automaker with which to produce the F-Cell. Currently, Mercedes has a technology sharing partnership with Renault Nissan. In fact, Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, will produce a compact luxury car based upon the Mercedes B-Class in the next few years. This Infiniti pairing could prove an ideal solution to Mercedes hydrogen woes.

Infiniti has already dedicated itself to producing alternative energy-powered vehicles. A hydrogen fuel cell could make a perfect addition to its increasingly diverse powertrain lineup. The only issue will be for Mercedes to convince Infiniti that the move is a prudent one. After all, there’s a reason Mercedes has stalled its plans: infrastructure.

Just yesterday Toyota and BMW announced a similar partnership to produce, among other things, fuel cell vehicles. Perhaps this could be enough evidence of viability to get Renault and Nissan onboard.

Surprisingly, Toyota aims to sell a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by 2015 so perhaps there is something Toyota knows that Mercedes doesn’t.

We’ve always been a bit skeptical of hydrogen, as the power input to create hydrogen is far greater than the resulting product – at least for now. But that could all change very soon, as ongoing research is proving that this concern, like gasoline-powered vehicles, may soon be a thing of the past.

Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.
Cars

2020 Toyota Supra caught hiding in a trailer without a shred of camouflage

Toyota's plan to once again lure enthusiasts into showrooms involves bringing back the Supra, one of its most emblematic nameplates. Here's what we know so far about the upcoming coupe, which Toyota is developing jointly with BMW.
Cars

These winter-warrior cars will never leave you out in the cold

Snow can be an absolute pain if your vehicle isn't optimized to handle that sort of terrain. If brutal snowstorms are an annual part of your life, we recommend you pick up one of these winter-ready vehicles.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Cars

Bloodhound’s plan to build a 1,000-mph car has run out of gas

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has officially shut down. The upside is you can now buy a 135,000-horsepower car powered by a jet engine and a cluster of rockets for $319,000.
Cars

2019 Ford Ranger saves fuel without sacrificing towing capacity

The 2019 Ford Ranger marks Ford's long-awaited return to the midsize truck segment, which has seen a resurgence lately. But will being late to the party make Ford's job more difficult?
Cars

Pininfarina Battista is a 1,900-horsepower, 250-mph electric supercar

The Pininfarina Battista will be the first production car from famed Italian design firm Pininfarina. Named after company founder Battista Pininfarina, it has a claimed 1,900 horsepower and a $2.5 million price tag.
Cars

Tesla could show the electric pickup Elon Musk is dying to build in 2019

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself.
Cars

Allegro.ai is helping Hyundai mine the artificial intelligence gold rush

In November 2018, Hyundai invested in a startup named Allegro.ai. We talked to the company's founder to learn more about what that means for consumers in the not-too-distant futures.
Emerging Tech

With this robotic garage, retrieving your car is like using a vending machine

Remembering where we parked our cars can be a real pain. But what if our cars came to find us, rather than the other way around? A new automated robot parking valet system aims to help.
Cars

Thinking of opting for a car with a diesel engine? Here's what you need to know

Modern diesel-powered models prove that it is possible to build a clean, efficient diesel engine without sacrificing performance. Here's what you need to know about diesel cars, and how they differ from gasoline-powered models.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Cars

NYC mandates minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, other app-based rideshare drivers

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a rule that drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft must be paid at least minimum wage, even though they are independent contractors. The new pay rate includes operating costs.
Cars

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.