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.
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.