Type IV Cylinders for Fuel Cell/Plug-In-‘Hybrid’
Hexagon Lincoln is supplying its all-composite Type IV cylinders for the new hydrogen-fueled Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell vehicle. Each car will have two of the lightweight tanks: one in the transmission tunnel and one below the rear seats.
“These are next generation cylinders for next generation vehicles,” Lincoln hydrogen products VP Rick Rashilla said in a release this morning.
“They are the result of years of research, development and testing with Daimler’s wholly owned subsidiary NuCellSys,” he said.
Can Be Filled Fast
The GLC F-Cell’s hydrogen tanks can be filled in about three minutes – “the same time as a conventional combustion vehicle,” Lincoln says.
“Fuel cell technology is an integral part of our powertrain portfolio,” Christian Mohrdieck, fuel cell director at Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG, says in the Hexagon release. “The extremely short refueling time is one of the biggest assets of a fuel cell vehicle,” he said.
‘Extra Dynamic Power’
The car is unusual among fuel cell vehicles in that it is also a plug-in electric vehicle, with a 9-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack.
“We did this in order to give our customers [a] 50-kilometer home recharging battery option when in the beginning the hydrogen refueling station network might still be sparse,” Mohrdieck told F&F by email.
“The battery also gives the car extra dynamic power,” Mohrdieck says – 160 kilowatts (215 horsepower) peak, fuel cell and battery combined.
“We think this is a good package for the early fuel cell market,” Mohrdieck says.
One Car, Two ZEV Technologies
“The innovative plug-in fuel-cell drive combines the advantages of both zero-emission drive technologies and, thanks to its intelligent operating strategy, continuously optimizes the use of both energy sources in line with the current operating situation,” Mercedes says.
“The system also features a recuperation function, for example, which allows energy to be recuperated and stored in the battery during braking and coasting phases.”
Total Range: 310 Miles
Hydrogen in the two Lincoln cylinders will make for a single-fill range of about 280 miles (stated as 450 kilometers). The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell will thus have a total range, including charged batteries, of some 500 kilometer, or about 310 miles.
“Hydrogen products are a complementary facet to Hexagon Composites’ commitment to the green shift,” states today’s release. The future of FCEVs’fuel cell electric vehicle “is significant,” Hexagon says. “This order makes the company a lead supplier to the market.
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