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August 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell will have two hydrogen tanks from Hexagon Lincoln affording a single-fill range of about 280 miles (stated as 450 kilometers), with a 9-kilowatt-hour battery that can be charged from the grid for additional range of about 30 miles (stated as 50 kilometers).

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell will have two hydrogen tanks from Hexagon Lincoln affording a single-fill range of about 280 miles (stated as 450 kilometers), with a 9-kilowatt-hour battery that can be charged from the grid for additional range of about 30 miles (stated as 50 kilometers).



“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.

Hexagon Lincoln is to supply its lightweight all-composite Type IV fuel cylinders, designed to store hydrogen fuel at 10,000-psi, for Daimlers new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell vehicle for 2017. The next generation Mercedes-Benz fuel cell electric vehicle: Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL prototype;

Hexagon Lincoln is to supply its lightweight all-composite Type IV fuel cylinders, designed to store hydrogen fuel at 10,000-psi, for Daimler’s new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell vehicle for 2017.

“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.

Another view of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell drive with two Hexagon Lincoln hydrogen fuel cylinders

Another view of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell drive with two Hexagon Lincoln hydrogen fuel cylinders

“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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