Mercedes-Benz F015 First Ride Review

APR 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

Mercedes-Benz F015 - Luxury in Motion

Mercedes-Benz F015 – Luxury in Motion

Autocar recently reviewed the Mercedes-Benz F015 concept car, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show.

This self-driving four-seater is in fact a hydrogen fuel cell plug-in, with total range of 684 miles. All-electric range stands at 125 miles.

F015 is equipped with two rear-mounted motors (268 bhp and 294 ft lbs), strong enough to hit 62 mph in 6.7 seconds. Top speed is 124 mph, although according to the Autocar passengers don’t need to pay much attention to performance in autonomous mode.

Mercedes-Benz leaves the option to drive the car yourself and both modes will be available in future production cars.

“It’s also fascinating how the concept of speed is taken out of the equation when you’re not behind the wheel and are getting on with something else; you’ve got the time back from the fact you’re being driven, so you don’t bat much of an eyelid at a traffic jam as you’ve got an environment and the tools to use the time productively.

Should you tire of being chauffeured around, then you can still drive the F105 yourself. The driver’s seat spins around to face the front, a steering wheel pops out the dashboard and there are pedals in the floor.”

Is the F015 a glimpse at the S-Class of the future? Only time will tell.

Mercedes-Benz F015 - Luxury in Motion

Mercedes-Benz F015 – Luxury in Motion

source: Autocar

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The Mercedes C-111 also had an alternative drive train (Wankel). However the focus of the C-111 was the driving experience.

if i understand this article correctly, this car has a large enough battery to travel for 125 miles on stored charge, and it has a large enough hydrogen tank to travel for nearly 560 miles. if that is true, the FCEV range for this vehicle seems quite impressive.

This just a future concept car. They could also claim it can fly and has a top speed of 600 mph with a range of 2000 miles.

Increasing the range of a FCEV is easy given the incredible energy density per kg of hydrogen. Further, is more than enough volume for extended range. Once you have the stack it’s just a matter of a bigger tank.

“Increasing the range of a FCEV is easy given the incredible energy density per kg of hydrogen.” That is true for air vehicles. For road vehicles, packaging is more frequently the limitation. Consider the best examples of long-range production EV and FCEV to date. Tesla Model S 85, in production since 2012, 265 miles EPA range. 4647 pounds. Toyota Mirai, target production 2015, “up to 300 miles” range, presumably EPA. 4079 pounds. The Mirai stores 5 kg of hydrogen gas, which can likely produce around 80 kWh of electrical energy, or very similar to the Model S. Way better than the ~500 kg Tesla battery pack, right? This hydrogen gas is stored at 10000 psi in two cylindrical 60L tanks, which sit underneath the rear seats and underneath the trunk of the vehicle. In order to support the tanks, the rear seats are fixed and do not flip down. The tanks weigh approximately 87 kg. The hydrogen gas is converted to electrical energy in the fuel stack, which is mounted underneath the front seats. This fuel cell stack weighs 56 kg and occupies 37L. A boost converter in the front center tunnel converts the low-voltage fuel cell output to high… Read more »

What the heck? Look at the size of the windscreen pillars! That blind spot is massive!

autopilot? who cares about blind spots … 😉

> That blind spot is massive!

Not very relevant when you don’t need to drive.

They need to include this as Tony Stark’s car in the next Iron Man…

“Take evasive action, please. Get me out of here!”

which end is the front?

The end with the dead flies sticking all over