The Mercedes-Benz F 600 Hygenius pointed the way to the future with its exceptional design, a cold-start-capable, emission-free and economical fuel-cell drive system, flexible seating concept, rear vision system and virtual displays which are particularly easy on the eye.
The F 600 Hygenius was powered by the most effective fuel-cell drive system yet developed. Thanks to the practical experience and know-how of some 150 scientists and engineers, its fuel cells were about 40 percent smaller than previous designs and are able to withstand extreme cold without any performance degradation. It boasted a range of at least 400 kilometres and consumption of hydrogen is equivalent in energy terms to 2.9 litres of diesel per 100 km. The F 600 represents another important milestone on the way to production maturity for fuel-cell technology – a goal which Mercedes-Benz aims to achieve between 2012 and 2015.
Mercedes-Benz can already call on over two million kilometres of practical experience with 100 near-series fuel-cell vehicles.
The hydrogen-powered proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) points the way to a future with a guaranteed energy source. Hydrogen is the most commonly occurring chemical element and can also be generated from renewable resources without any ecological impact. PEM fuel cells convert hydrogen into electricity highly efficiently, the only "exhaust emission" being pure water. In the opinion of the experts, hydrogen is the fuel with the greatest potential for the future.
The F 600 Hygenius also opens up new uses for fuel-cell vehicles: a 110 / 220 V power socket in the tailgate makes it possible for work or party lighting, electric tools, a refrigerator, an electric grill, a TV, computer or any other pieces of electrical equipment to be connected up. Moreover, the 66 kilowatt output of the four fuel-cell stacks (each of which consists of 100 fuel cells) would be sufficient to supply several houses with electricity.