Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster
Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster|
29th March, 2009
- Young people unite high tech and tradition
- Alternative drive systems as a training topic
In a hitherto unique project bridging various fields of profession, the trainees of Daimler AG at the Sindelfingen
Mercedes-Benz plant have built a Roadster with fuel cell drive. For about a year, more than 150 trainees and dual
education system students worked on the overall concept, development, assembly, and completion of the F-CELL Roadster.
This project involved junior employees from the fields of automotive mechatronics, model-building, electronics, coating
technology, manufacturing mechanics, product design, and interior appointments. The prime objective of the project was
to integrate the topic of alternative drive systems into training with hands-on experience.
"This project impressively demonstrates that the topic of sustainable mobility has become an integral part of our
vocational training," said Human Resources Board member and Labour Relations Manager GŁnther Fleig. "I am
delighted to see how much initiative and creativity the young people have put into this project."
Tradition meets the future
The F-CELL Roadster uniquely combines state-of-the-art technologies with the history of vehicle construction. As an
allusion to the Benz Patent Motor Car from 1886, the vehicle is fitted with large spoked wheels. Moreover, the F-CELL
Roadster incorporates stylistic elements from diverse eras of automotive history, such as the carbon-fibre bucket seats
with hand-stitched leather covers and the distinctively styled fibreglass front section, based on the component from
the Formula One racing bolides.
The F-CELL Roadster is controlled with drive-by-wire technology, and a joystick takes the place of a conventional
steering wheel. The vehicle is powered by the emission-free fuel cell system located at the rear. With a power rating
of 1.2 kW the F-CELL Roadster reaches a top speed of 25 km/h and has an operating range of up to 350 km.