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World Drive fuel cell challenge heads to the US

Mercedes-Benz F-Cell World Drive challenge has successfully made it across Europe.

The round the world driving challenge sees three of Mercedes' B-Class F-CELL vehicles travel round the globe to prove the real world driving capabilities of their hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Part of the car maker's 125 year celebrations since its founder invented the motor car, the three cars set out from Stuttgart, Germany back in January. Now having reached the most westerly point of Europe, the three will be transported to Miami for the beginning of the US leg of their trip.

The 125-day challenge to circumnavigation the world then continues on February 25 from Miami to Seattle.

So far , 19 cars have driven 9 days, crossing four countries, each F-Cell has covered 3700 kilometres or 2300 miles through Europe. Average consumption stands at 1.18 kilogram hydrogen or the equivalent of 4.01 litres of diesel fuel, combined highway and inner city driving. The longest distance driven in one leg stands at 320 kilometre or 200 miles.

20 journalist accompanied the tour as well as on Member of the Board Dr. Thomas Weber, Head of Research and Development Mercedes-Benz Car Group.

The cars have needed two repairs up to now, one necessary and one as precaution.

As the challenges continues, stay tuned as we bring you the latest news.

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Faye Sunderland

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