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Mercedes and Linde Partner For Hydrogen Refueling Stations

Mercedes has confirmed rumors that is has partnered with the The Linde Group that was its fuel supplier for the recently concluded World Drive, which used three B-Class F-Cell cars to travel around the world. This partnership is for the establishment of a network of hydrogen fuel stations in its home country of Germany. This initial network of 20 stations is Mercedes’ response to the lack of refueling points for its hydrogen-powered vehicles. The first three cities targetted for the network are Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg, to be followed soon after by an additional two cities which Mercedes will identify in due time. According to Dieter Zetsche, Daimler Board Chairman,… Continue Reading »

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U.S. Leg Of F-Cell World Drive Reveals Poor Infrastructure

While the popularity electric vehicles has spurred the installation of charging stations to feed these EVs, manufacturers like Daimler feel the inadequate infrastructure support that the government and private sector are giving to alternative fuels like hydrogen. As the F-Cell World Drive planners have anticipated, there are very few hydrogen refueling stations across the continental U.S. and in the 35 refueling stops that the F-Cell cars will make in the U.S. leg, only one stop can be made at a public refueling station. The rest of the fillups will be from Linde tanker trucks strategically positioned along the route. Despite the favorable impressions and acceptance garnered from the public about… Continue Reading »

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[Video] F-Cell U.S. Leg To Cover 4,600 Miles To Seattle

Using three neon green B-Class F-Cell vehicles, Mercedes-Benz began the U.S. leg of the F-Cell World Drive from Fort Lauderdale on February 25, 2011. The trio of hydrogen-powered cars will proceed to New Orleans, Louisiana and on to Seattle, stopping at several cities in between. The North American leg will cover 4,660 miles and Linde will supply the fuel these cars need for their world drive. At Seattle, the trio of hydrogen cars will be loaded onto a plane for transport to Australia. Part of the U.S. leg will show the gaps in the country’s hydrogen infrastructure because the hydrogen cars will need to be refuelled 35 times as the… Continue Reading »

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F-Cell World Tour Reaches The Continental U.S.

In January, Mercedes kicked off a world event in the form of its Mercedes Benz F-Cell World Drive. As planned, 3 B-Class vehicles running on hydrogen arrived in the U.S. this week, and the trio will continue their journey across the continent starting from Fort Lauderdale on the East Coast. If everything goes as planned, the vehicles will cover 7,500 kilometers by March 18, having reached Seattle by then. Fueling partner Linde will provide the unique hydrogen fuel these B-Class cars need. These electric hybrids are powered by a 136 hp electric motor and have a range of 250 miles before the hydrogen fuel needs to be refilled. The next… Continue Reading »

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Fuel Celled Cars To See Rapid Price Declines By 2015

Achieving a $50,000 price point for a fuel-celled sedan by 2015 is going to be difficult but doable. This was the statement given to Automotive News by Daimler’s e-drive and future mobility chief Herbert Kohler. With Toyota declaring its intention to launch a fuel-celled vehicle at such a price point in four years, Mercedes, a strong proponent of fuel-celled vehicles has no choice but to match this declaration. Kohler admits that “ By 2015, we think a fuel cell car will not cost more than a four-cylinder diesel hybrid that meets the Euro 6 emissions standard. By 2013-2014, we want to bring a four-digit-number of fuel cell vehicles to market”…. Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Spending Billions To Fast-Track Alternative Powertrain Development

Despite its luxury stature, it cannot be said that Mercedes-Benz is a ponderous company, and it is light on its feet when distinguishing trends that will be good for the company and its customers. A case in point is the company’s decision to bring to market 8 new diesel variants in the next few years. There is also the reported fast-track development of several hybrids for Mercedes’ primary markets. A news item in an industry publication reports that Mercedes-Benz is looking to introduce C-, E- and S-Class hybrid variants in the coming three years. Apart from recognizing the market potential of hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles, the move aims to… Continue Reading »

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Bulletproof Merc: Texas Armoring’s Armored S400 Hybrid

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, now comes Texas Armoring Corporation with its recently-released bulletproof Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedan. It’s not only environment-friendly, but it can also withstand M16 and AK-47 rounds. Now that’s a custom Merc you don’t see everyday. TAC brought their flagship T6 lightweight high-power rifle protection line to the S400 Hybrid. The lightweight materials and technology used to outfit the sedan is said to be around 30 to 40 percent lighter than standard bulletproofing armor. This way, the hybrid sedan can still maintain most of its fuel efficiency and performance won’t be hampered by the extra protection. “Armoring hybrid and electric vehicles is the… Continue Reading »

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