The network of expertise: bundling expertise and securing know-how

  • The fuel cell stack is produced by Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell (MBFC) in Barnaby near Vancouver
  • The entire fuel cell unit and the hydrogen storage system were developed by the Daimler subsidiary NuCellSys
  • The electrode-coated membrane of the fuel cell comes from Untertürkheim, the tanks from Mannheim
  • The overall vehicle is assembled in the Bremen plant

Daimler is currently systematically preparing for series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL. The practical and family-friendly SUV is produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, which acts as the centre of competence for the model series. The GLC has been rolling off the production line there since July 2015. Our partner EDAG supports the plant with respect to integration of the drive system, and has its location in the immediate vicinity of the plant.

NuCellSys GmbH is based in Kirchheim-Nabern in the Stuttgart metropolitan area. This wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG was responsible for developing the complete fuel cell unit and hydrogen storage system for the GLC F‑CELL. The components and drive unit are subjected to stringent individual and endurance testing on a variety of test benches. This is also where the first prototype vehicles were built, the pre-series models then being produced at the Mercedes-Benz Tech Centre in Sindelfingen. NuCellSys is a global leader in the development of fuel cell systems and hydrogen storage systems for vehicle applications.

The Mercedes-Benz home plant in Untertürkheim is responsible for production of the complete fuel cell system. The home plant in Stuttgart itself is responsible for the process engineering activities relating to fuel cell manufacture and production. In the plant's Fuel Cell Lab, the focus of the engineers is on the membrane coating of the fuel cell. The Untertürkheim home plant's annex for fuel cell system assembly is located in Nabern. This is where all the components are assembled into a unit and tested before delivery to the vehicle plant.

The centrepiece of the fuel cell system, the fuel cell stack consisting of around 400 fuel cells, is created at Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell (MBFC), which operates the world's first plant dedicated entirely to the production and assembly of fuel cell stacks in British Columbia. The stack was developed in a joint venture with Ford at the neighbouring Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC).

The hydrogen tank system of carbon-fibre enclosed containers is produced at the Daimler plant in Mannheim, in the centre of expertise for emission-free mobility specialising in alternative drive systems (KEM). Alongside the production of hydrogen tank systems, the KEM is also preparing for the series production of high-voltage battery systems for electric city buses and vans.

The lithium-ion battery comes from the wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE in Kamenz/Saxony. This company has already been producing highly efficient battery systems based on lithium-ion technology for hybrid and electric vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands, as well as for commercial vehicles, since 2012.