Arwed Niestroj, Mercedes-Benz B-Class Fuel-cell

Arwed Niestroj, Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Manager showed off the new B-Class F-CELL, the first series production fuel-cell powered electric vehicle available in the U.S., at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show.

Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to offer a fuel-cell powered Zero-Emissions Vehicle that has been certified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CARB (California Air Resources Board).

With an operating range of around 190 miles, short refueling times, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL combines zero-emissions mobility with long-distance comfort. The B-Class F-CELL 40 percent smaller than the system in the A-Class F-CELL, but generates 30 percent more power, while consuming 30 percent less fuel. The cold-start capability of the B-Class F-CELL is down to -13 degrees Fahrenheit.

The 136 hp electric motor in the B-Class F-CELL develops a powerful torque of 214 lb.-ft of torque with a two-liter gasoline engine.

Mr. Van Petten, Executive Director of the Producers Guild of America took the keys to the very first Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL vehicle available to U.S. customers during an official hand-over at the newly renovated dealership of Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz in Newport Beach. By 2012, a total of 200 of these environmentally friendly cars will be on the roads in California and Europe.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.