Daimler’s plug-in with fuel cells is coming together through symbiosis as Mercedes is banking on expertise from various subsidiaries and neighbouring specialists. The GLC F-Cell is to launch this year and so Daimler talks details.
The GLC F-Cell, made its debut at the IAA 2017, then as a concept. With its launch imminent, Daimler has detailed what the fuel cell plug-in will be made of – an ensemble of components from Daimler subsidiaries and close partners around the world.
German EDAG for example, will help Mercedes to integrate the drive into production and has opened a new facility in close proximity to the Daimler factory in Bremen. The pre-series GLC F-CELL will be produced at the Mercedes-Benz Tech Centre in Sindelfingen though.
Daimler subsidiary NuCellSys signs responsible for the fuel cell stack as well as the hydrogen storage system of the GLC F-CELL and sits in the Stuttgart area. The system will be assembled at Daimler’s Untertürkheim facility.
The fuel cell stack itself however, lies in the hands of Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell (MBFC). Based in British Columbia, Canada, it is the first factory in the Daimler production hub family that specialises in fuel cell stacks.
Lastly, the Li-ion battery will be made by Daimler’s Accumotive in Saxonia. The GLC F-CELL combines its hydrogen drive with a plug-in battery.
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