There are concept vehicles showing up at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, and then there are Mercedes concept vehicles. One finds this especially to be the case with the newest Mercedes design idea – the F 800 Style. The green factor? How about for starters, according to Engadget, a choice of plug-in electric hybrid or fuel cell technology driving this auto on the open Autobahn?
Mercedes has put a lot of thought and detail into the concept of the F 800 Style. This five seat “upper-range” sedan is said to be able to go up to 30 kilometers solely on electricity for the plug-in hybrid option or almost 600 kilometers when powered by fuel cells. Both eco-friendly drive systems are said to take up little space in the engine compartment, keeping things down to a relative size so a regular sized sedan can be envisioned. The plug-in hybrid’s drive unit “consists of a V6 gasoline engine with an output of approximately 220 kW (300 hp) with next-generation direct injection and a hybrid module with an output of about 80 kW (109 hp) so that it delivers a total power of around 300 kW (409 hp),” while the fuel cell choice’s electric motor “develops around 100 kW (136 hp) as well as a strong torque of approximately 290 Nm.” This latter drive option “generates the traction current by chemically reacting hydrogen with oxygen onboard the vehicle, producing water vapor in the process as the only emission.”
“We are dedicated to reconciling our responsibility for the environment with practical customer utility in a fascinating automobile,” said Dr. Thomas Weber, the Daimler Board of Management member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, in a statement. “The new F 800 Style research vehicle combines this commitment to providing the leading innovative drive concepts with our traditional Mercedes strengths in the areas of design, safety, comfort, and outstanding performance.”