Mercedes-Benz decided to let company trainees do a mashup of what would happen if you combine a futuristic hydrogen car with an old school automobile. The result is the F-Cell Hybrid Roadster.
Over 150 Daimler AG trainees in Sindelfingen, Germany took turns for about a year in creating this 1.2 kw hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that has a top speed of around 15 mph and a range of a little over 200 miles.
The vehicle is a cross between an 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car and Mercedes B-Class F-Cell. There is no steering wheel on this two-seat buggy, only a joystick that steers the large spoked bicycle wheels in drive-by-wire fashion.
As the automaker with the largest fleet of hydrogen vehicles on the road today, it’s good to see Daimler allocating resources to training and development in a forward thinking fashion. This “back to the future” F-Cell Roadster is hip, fun, funky and an excellent training tool for a future generation of engineers.