Hamburg Police add Hydrogen Fuel Cell patrol car to fleet

The German hydrogen transport story continues with the news that the Hamburg police have added a hydrogen fuel cell patrol car to their fleet. This is the world’s first F Cell service.  At a ceremony in Hamburg, Commissioner for Police, Ralf Martin Meyer and Thomas Krumm, Head of Vehicle Fleet Management received the environment friendly patrol car. 


The patrol car is a Mercedes Benz GLC F Cell. The vehicle is powered by hydrogen and it will be refueled at one of the three public hydrogen refueling stations in Hamburg. The Mercedes Benz GLC F Cell has a range of about 400 kilometers. According to the police, the car is the world’s first police car that simultaneously has a fuel cell and a battery drive. 

The Mercedes Benz GLC F Cell (Weighted hydrogen consumption 0.91 kg/100km, weighed CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, weighted power consumption: 18kWh/100km)1 is in service with the Hamburg police. The SUV is a long distance, all electric vehicle with zero CO2 emissions while driving. Intelligent interplay between battery and fuel cell, long range and short refueling times make the GLC F Cell a vehicle of high everyday practicality and also suitable for long and short distances. 

With the acquisition of alternative drives for patrol cars, the course is set for an environmentally friendly, future proof Hamburg police. The figures for hydrogen consumption, electrical consumption, and CO2 emissions have been determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method according to Directive 692/2008/EC; N253. 

Meanwhile in Brussels on 25-26 March 2020 there is a Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Heavy Duty Transport Conference, taking place. The event will bring together major stakeholders from industry and academia in order to discuss the latest advancements in this sector. HFC applications for buses, trucks, trains, ships and planes will be discussed. Among the topics being covered are the EU regulatory framework and hydrogen roadmap, onboard hydrogen technologies and high capacity hydrogen refueling stations. 


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