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Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid Set To Go To Frankfurt

An executive from Mercedes-Benz Australia confirmed that the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid will be introduced together with the latest S-Class range during the Frankfurt Motor Show. Mercedes-Benz Australia Senior Manager of Corporate Communications David McCarthy made the confirmation around a month after reports pointed to the possible launch of the vehicle during the event. However, the executive did not indicate if the vehicle that will be launched is a global model. He also did not reveal details on the release schedule of the vehicle. Although powertrain of the vehicle was also not specified by the luxury vehicle manufacturer, the S500 Plug-In Hybrid is anticipated to feature the standard V6 gasoline… Continue Reading »

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Britain’s Network Rail to Use Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL as Staff Shuttle

British rail infrastructure operator Network Rail has just ordered a couple of Mercedes-Benz Vito 7-seater minibuses that will serve as the shuttle for its concierge team from its Westwood Leadership Development Centre, located on the outskirts of Coventry, to the Tile Hill station and back. That journey will be made numerous times daily, and the efficiency of the electric vans will definitely provide an advantage. The decision to purchase Vito E-CELL units was arrived at after a full year of evaluation, which was headed by Network Rail’s National Delivery Service Business Support Manager Steve Duffy. Duffy said this all started when they dropped by the Mercedes-Benz area at the Commercial… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid Buses Shuttle Service At KIT

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology commissioned a hydrogen filling station on the Campus North, which is a requirement in the introduction of mobile fuel-cell technology. The station will service a pair of Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid buses. The fuel-cell buses will provide a shuttle service to employees and students at the KIT Campus North, the KIT Campus South and the KIT Campus East. Present in the June 11 inauguration of the station was the Mercedes-Benz Buses Region West Sales Head, Ulrich Piotrowski. The inauguration also officially launched the shuttle service of KIT. Hydrogen savings of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid will reach around fifty percent compared to other fuel-cell buses… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Looking into Sale of Li-Tec Battery Joint Venture

Daimler AG together with partner Evonik Industries AG are considering selling Li-Tec Battery GmbH, a joint venture that isn’t really very profitable. The companies’ efforts to find another owner to join up have been in vain, which is why it is now considering a sale. Li-Tec Battery, based in Dresden and formed in 2008, makes Li-Ion battery cells meant for use in automobiles as well as other industrial applications. The company develops and makes its own batteries. It was seen as a good way to provide batteries for future electric vehicles produced by the German automaker. Daimler has a 49.9 percent stake in the joint venture, while Evonik holds the rest… Continue Reading »

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Patent Images Of Mercedes-Benz S-Class Plug-In Hybrid Emerge

Two months have passed ever since the luxury car manufacturer from Germany reluctantly confirmed the upcoming release of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Plug-In Hybrid. Reports about the same plug-in vehicle, which is the first for the company, have emerged once again. A number of patent images showed that the upcoming vehicle will have a new exhaust system while its rear bumper was designed to feature its charging port. The upcoming vehicle will reportedly be dubbed as the Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid Plus. It will be the flagship plug-in vehicle of the Germany vehicle manufacturer. It will reportedly feature a 306HP 3.5-liter V6 engine together with an electric motor. Electric power will come… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Electric Commercial Vehicle Discontinued

The low demand for electric cargo vans that can go as fast as 50mph may not validate full production of such a vehicle, according to Mercedes-Benz. The luxury car manufacturer made this revelation after its limited release of the Vito E-Cell electric commercial vehicle in the European market. The release of the vehicle was simply to evaluate its feasibility in the market. Due to the low demand, the project may be discontinued, according to Volker Mornhinweg, the head of the van division of Mercedes-Benz. The Vito E-Cell vehicle can carry loads reaching 1,873 lbs. It has a range of around eighty miles. According to the company only a small number… Continue Reading »

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Tesla Supplies Motor for US-bound B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz has enlisted the aid of Tesla Motors, the electric car and electric powertrain designer and manufacturer based in Silicon Valley, to provide the 135-horsepower electric motor of the all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which was announced at the New York Auto Show this past week. The car is expected to be out on the US market sometime in early 2014. Aside from the motor, the charging system and the car’s batteries are also supplied by Tesla, which has been working with Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler since 2007, supplying the Li-Ion battery packs and charging systems used on the first thousand smart cars. Daimler also owns a minor stake in… Continue Reading »

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