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Daimler is Top Electric Car Seller in Germany for First Half 2013

In the first half of 2013, Daimler AG took the top spot in German in terms of electric cars, with electric-powered Mercedes-Benz models combining with smart brand sales to achieve a 42 percent overall market share. The pace-setting smart brand was responsible for 983 units registered during the aforementioned period. That alone accounts for a market share of 40 percent. In addition, smart was also able to grow its electric-powered unit sales by some 80 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Daimler banks on smart to become its ‘trailblazer in electric mobility’, primarily through the smart fortwo electric drive that’s complemented by some tuned models and an e-bike…. Continue Reading »

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Tesla Working on All-Electric B-Class?

Last May, there were reports coming out that German automaker Mercedes-Benz had contacted premium electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors about possibly working on an all-electric Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Initial reports said it was an A-Class, but now it turns out that the vehicle in question is actually a B-Class. According to new reports, the all-electric B-Class should make its world debut sometime in 2014. The first idea was to use range extenders, but ultimately the engineers went with an all-electric drivetrain, of which Tesla should be in charge. There’s barely any specific information right now, but don’t worry because we’ll make sure that you’ll be updated once new details surface. Could… Continue Reading »

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Daimler’s New Battery Tech Patent

At the 125 Years of the Automobile celebration kickoff, Daimler had announced that yet another technology patent had been granted to the automaker, some 80,000 patents after Carl Benz filed for the patent on the first automobile back in 1886. This new patent, presented by the German Patent and Trademark Office, is for a “bipolar flat-cell frame,” something touted to be a new battery technology breakthrough. Basically, this “bipolar flat-cell frame” allows lithium-ion batteries to be cooler, more efficient and more compact compared to the current batteries that are in use in today’s electric vehicles. This will certainly allow Daimler to fully industrialize lithium-ion batteries and make them more viable… Continue Reading »

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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, 8 Others Named Eligible for UK Subsidy

The venerable Smart fortwo electric drive has been named as among the first 9 electric vehicles to be eligible for up to £5,000 in subsidy starting January 1 next year, as part of a government-backed bid to support the adoption of electric vehicles and electric technology that will help reduce the harmful emissions contributed by the automotive sector. Philip Hammond, British Secretary of State for Transport, gave his thoughts about the program. “Anyone who’s filled up at a petrol station recently will realise that the ability to recharge overnight at 1-3 pence per kilometre is extremely attractive,” said Hammond in an interview with the BBC. The subsidy allows prospective buyers… Continue Reading »

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Daimler, 2 Others Eye Tesla Li Battery Technology

Daimler AG is one of three automobile manufacturers who are looking to the testing of Lithium batteries made by Tesla Motors in order to make powering electric cars more affordable. Currently, EVs make use of bigger batteries designed specifically for automotive use. Tesla’s battery, on the other hand, is based on laptop battery technology that is considered to be much cheaper. The battery in question, which is pictured above, is a pack composed of 6,831 cells [a common netbook has a 6-cell battery], manufactured by Tesla and used in the Roadster. The battery is good for around 245 miles out of every full charge. Analysts are pegging the laptop-based technology… Continue Reading »

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