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Mercedes To Introduce E-Class Hybrids In January

Premiering at the Detroit Motor Show in January of next year are Mercedes’ newest green entries in the luxury car segment. Making their debut early next year are the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID and the E 400 BlueTEC HYBRID, which Mercedes claims are one of the most fuel efficient luxury cars in the world. With its 4-cylinder, 200 horsepower diesel and 20kW electric motor, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID consumes only 4.2 liters per 100 kilometers. Bear in mind that one of the best-known hybrids, the Prius, claims 3.9 liters/100 km and this is for a commuter car that has no luxury pretensions. The E 300 and E400 HYBRID retain… Continue Reading »


Mercedes-Benz Citaro’s Hybrid is the Future of Public Transportation in Hamburg

The Hamburg High Bahn AG bought four Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL hybrid as part of their “NaBuZ demo” or “Sustainable Bus System of the Future” project. The turnover of the vehicles which signals the start of efforts to greener mode of transportation was attended by Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, Rainer Bomba, State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Buses and Günter Elste, Chairman of the Hamburg High Bahn AG. Elste said, “In 20 to 25 years, according to all forecasts and petroleum diesel to be too scarce and too expensive in order to drive buses. Therefore, the aim of HOCHBAHN to purchase from next… Continue Reading »


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 »


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 »


[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 »


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 »


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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