Go­ing round with Benz

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

AUS­TRALIA is on Mercedes-Benz’s map as it takes a trio of fu­el­cell cars on a world cruise.

The tour is part of the 125th birth­day of the in­ven­tion of the mo­tor car.

The three B-Class ze­roe­mis­sion F-Cell cars left Stuttgart last week­end on their 125-day trip. They are ex­pected in Perth in April.

Trav­el­ling 30,000km through 14 coun­tries, the three B-Class cars aim to con­firm the ma­tu­rity of fuel-cell technology and its suit­abil­ity for daily use.

Mercedes-Benz says it ‘‘will also take the op­por­tu­nity to en­force the po­lit­i­cal call to es­tab­lish a com­pre­hen­sive fill­ing sta­tion in­fra­struc­ture for fuel cell ve­hi­cles’’.

On Jan­uary 29, 1886, Carl Benz filed the patent for his three­wheeled ve­hi­cle.

Daim­ler AG is tak­ing this date as an op­por­tu­nity to give a spe­cific in­sight into the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity.

NEIL DOWL­ING

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