F-CELL Roadster - trainees build a car of the future

F-CELL Roadster - trainees build a car of the future
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March 2009
Stuttgart
  • 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 Labor Relations Manager Günther 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-fiber bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers and the distinctively styled fiberglass 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.

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    The F-CELL Roadster with fuel cell power plant and joystick-control
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    The F-CELL Roadster with fuel cell power plant and joystick-control
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    The F-CELL Roadster with fuel cell power plant and joystick-control
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    The emission-free fuel cell system is located at the rear of the F-CELL Roadster
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    The F-CELL Roadster with fuel cell power plant and joystick-control
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    The F-CELL Roadster with fuel cell power plant and joystick-control
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    The F-CELL Roadster with fuel cell power plant and joystick-control
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    The F-CELL Roadster with fuel cell power plant and joystick-control
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    The emission-free fuel cell system is located at the rear of the F-CELL Roadster
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    The seats of the F-CELL Roadster are carbon-fiber bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers
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    The distinctively styled front section is based on the component from the Formula One racing bolides
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    The emission-free fuel cell system is located at the rear of the F-CELL Roadsters
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    Future meets history: the F-CELL Roadster and the first Benz Patent Motor Car
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    Future meets history: the F-CELL Roadster and the first Benz Patent Motor Car
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    Historic elements: large spoked wheels resemble the wheels of the Benz Patent Motor Car
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    Historic elements: large spoked wheels resemble the wheels of the Benz Patent Motor Car
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    The joystick-control of the F-CELL Roadster
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    The emission-free fuel cell system is located at the rear of the F-CELL Roadsters
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    The seats of the F-CELL Roadster are carbon-fiber bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers
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