The Mercedes F600 HYGENIUS which made its debut at the
2005 Tokyo Motor Show was an advanced and fully functioning
concept designed to showcase Mercedes' latest technology
in the field of hydrogen fuel cells.
The high-tech drivetrain of the F600 HYGENIUS - which
comprised of a hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid battery and
an electric motor - was designed to run more efficiently
and have better cold weather starting than previous designs.
Power output of the system was a modest 115 horsepower
which was sent to the rear wheels through the electric
motor. But as we all know electric motors provide 100%
of their power and torque
from zero rpm and up. So the 115 horses should give the
F600 plenty of pick-up around town and on the highways.
The exterior design of the Mercedes-Benz F600 HYGENIUS
was stylish and futuristic. There were obvious similarities
with production Mercedes models, like the B-Class, but
overall it represented a fresh approach to styling for
the company. The exterior was dominated by the contrasting
mixture of silver painted bodywork and gloss black panels
which seamlessly blended into the windows.
Plenty of light was brought into the cabin thanks to the
expansive windows and large glazed roof panel. The versatile
interior had room for four, and could be configured in
a variety of ways for hauling either people or cargo.
In addition all the seats (excluding the driver's) could
be faced either forwards or backwards.
Although not that important in the grand scheme of things,
the F600 HYGENIUS had clever cup holders which could either
cool or heat the drinks held in them.
Similar and related vehicles:
Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind
Mercedes F 700