Death Valley trial for Mercedes F-CELL
Mercedes-Benz has gone to rather excessive lengths to show the benefits of its B-Class F-CELL. The model, which is powered by hydrogen and emits nothing more damaging to the atmosphere than pure water vapour, was recently given the ultimate test.
The car was taken on a test drive in Death Valley, which is situated in California and is one of the hottest places on the planet, by Hollywood stars Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger.
To demonstrate the car's ability, the F-CELL had a special water-collecting tank fitted to the exhaust. The tank was built to collect the water vapour produced by the engine; when cooled down, this water vapour turned into pure drinking water. This was to be the stars' only source of water during the trip, which was scheduled to last for two days.
After only a couple of hours driving in temperatures of around 120º, the water was sampled by the couple and found to be drinkable.
The two film stars have been driving the Mercedes B-Class F-CELL for a couple of years now, and their car is one of a fleet of around 200 vehicles in Europe and the US.
Talking about the car, Ms Kruger said: "We've become absolute fans of the fuel cell. The car usage is so easy. On a day-to-day basis our normal mobility isn't restricted at all." Mr Jackson added: "It takes three minutes to fill up, drives about 400 kilometres and gives off zero emissions - simply perfect."