Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz Vans division showed off a concept Sprinter that delivers power from a hydrogen fuel cell stack to an electric motor that could achieve an effective range of 500 kilometers (310 miles). Executives showed the vehicle to journalists in Hamburg, Germany, on July 3.
The rear-wheel-drive Concept Sprinter F-Cell, which would function similarly to a plug-in hybrid vehicle, follows the company's Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell midsize SUV that was shown at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The company intends to offer the vehicle as a production model.
Three hydrogen tanks store 4.5 kilograms of gaseous fuel and would provide 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range. Another tank can be added to the rear of the vehicle to increase range. The powertrain pairs the tanks with electrified power that adds 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) of range. Total power output would reach 147 kilowatts and 350 newton metres of torque.
The vehicle was shown with a recreational vehicle body alonside a battery-electric Sprinter cargo van and battery-electric Vito midsize cargo van.