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First Look: Mercedes-Benz F125! Gullwing Coupe Concept

Hints at how Germans may put hydrogen power into production.

by on Sep.12, 2011

Mercedes will show off the F125!, a gull-winged, plug-in hybrid fuel cell vehicle.

A day ahead of its planned top-secret unveiling, word – and images – of the Mercedes-Benz F125! has leaked out.  The gullwing coupe concept is apparently intended to provide a hint of what a hydrogen-powered sports coupe might look like.

The show car echoes other recent concepts, such as the striking A-Class prototype unveiled last April in New York, with its almost liquid silver paint and high-tech LED lighting.  The flip-open doors are largely borrowed from the Mercedes SLS supercar.

Mercedes has been a diehard proponent of hydrogen technology, betting that it may eventually succeed the battery cars that have lately stolen much of the green powertrain thunder.  The German maker recently launched a prototype, dubbed the F-Cell, which it is leasing to a small number of customers in Southern California – one of the few places in the world with relatively easy access to hydrogen pumps.

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But the German government has authorized a multi-billion Euro effort to put up more than 1,000 hydrogen stations around the country – they will also offer battery chargers – which would make hydrogen power a practical reality as long as one didn’t stray too far over the border.

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