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DaimlerChrysler: NeCar 4 (1999)

 

Presentation

March 7, 1999, in Washington D.C., USA

Manufacturer

Daimler AG

Technology provider

Partner

Vehicle

NeCar 4, Mercedes A-Klasse model, passenger car

Status

Prototype

Passenger capacity

5

Size, weight

L x W x H (m) = 3.57 x 1.72 x 1.58 1750 kg, 300 kg more than a comparable ICE A-class

Propulsion concept

70 kW FC (Ballard), trans-axle asynchronous electric motor of ECOSTAR with peak power output of 55 kW 

Fuel

Liquid hydrogen

Storage

Cryogenic ( manufactured by LindeAG) LH2 100l = 5 kg, 9 bar; evaporation rate is about 1% a day

Range, consumption

450 km; fuel economy has improved about 50% compared to NeCar 3; consumes the hydrogen equivalent of about 3.2 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km 

Top speed, acceleration

145 km/h, acceleration 0 - 100 km/h in 26.3s

Approval

Operation

In 1999 the car drove more than 4000 km in about 180 h (status 7/99); January 1, 2000 until February 19, 2000 first service operation at the Munich airport

Goals

Further improvments, market introduction until 2004

Costs, prices

see comments

Funding

Source, link

www.daimlerchrysler.de

Comments

DaimlerChrysler plans to spent $1.4 billion on FC technology development until the planned market introduction of FC vehicles in 2004. This is comparable with the cost of the market introduction of a vehicle model-series like Chrysler 300M, Chrysler Concorde, Chrysler LHS and Doge Intrepid for example. June 11, 1999, Hamburg NeCar 4 get the award "1999 International Engine of the year Awards" for the best vehicle future concept



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