Mercedes-Benz exploring hydrogen fuel with F-125! Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid

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Mercedes-Benz has released a new interesting vehicle at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show this week. The new model is called the F-125! Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid, which is powered by hydrogen fuel to run the electric motors.

The Mercedes-Benz F-125! Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid is designed to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary, much like the Maybach Edition 125. The Mercedes-Benz F-125! concept model is designed to envision the future of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars.

“With the F 125! we want to show that large, comfortable and safe saloon cars have an excellent future, partly because they are able to operate with no emissions. The legend that is the S-Class will continue into the future thanks to intelligent solutions that always have the customer’s needs in mind,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “The new research vehicle illustrates and underlines this claim to leadership with innovative ideas and traditional Mercedes strengths in the areas of design, safety, comfort and performance.”

The Mercedes-Benz F-125! Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid has gullwing doors and runs on four-electric motors with energy draws from the hydrogen fuel cells. The combined output of four electric motors is about 231 horsepower. Mercedes-Benz claims that the F-125! concept can accelerate from 0-62 mph in merely 4.9 seconds and with a top speed of 137 mph. Not bad for a 231-hp powertrain. What is more amazing about F-125! concept is that it has a driving range of about 620 miles before refueling the 7.5-kg hydrogen fuel tank.

The battery has a specific energy density of 350 Wh per kg at cell level, which allows higher recuperation rates. When driving alone on electric, the high-voltage lithium-sulfur battery pack provides up to 31 miles for the F-125! concept model. When the F-125! is parked, it can be charged with the new wireless electromagnetic induction charging system.

You can watch the video of the Mercedes-Benz F-125! Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid below to see what the future of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars may hold.