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29 cents a minute lets you buzz around Berlin in a Smart car

Can’t get enough of Smart cars? Then the place to be is Berlin. The place is crawling with these cars, which according to Daimler aim to take over a big slice of the city’s growing urban auto per-minute rental pie. Just last month, Daimler decided to deploy the largest fleet of its Car2go short-term rental service program, turning a blind eye to BMW’s own DriveNow two-to-one service. It’s all part of a grand scheme to lure in not only drivers in Berlin but in urban regions across Europe in the midst of fading interest in car ownership. Car2go chief Robert Henrich shares that “it’s natural that competition shows up. It shows… Continue Reading »

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Protean Electric and Brabus Showcase “Technology Project Hybrid” at World Congress

Electric drive company Protean Electric displayed what it calls the “Technology Project Hybrid” at the 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress held in Detroit. The car uses a Brabus Mercedes-Benz E-class that comes with a 2.2L turbodiesel engine and a manual transmission. What makes the car special are the Protean electric motors that have been fitted into the rear wheels of the car. The vehicle makes use of Protean Electric’s patented in-wheel system called Protean Drive. These electric-drive systems are designed to provide vehicles with increased power, more torque, improved handling, and of course, much better fuel economy. The electric motors each produce 110 horsepower along with 590 lb.-ft…. Continue Reading »

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F125 Concept Hints At Electric S-Class

For Mercedes-Benz’s 125th anniversary, the company came out with the F125 concept. To many, it was a confusing concept car to celebrate the company’s glorious 125 years. But recently, Thomas Weber revealed that the F125, instead of looking back, is a vehicle that looks forward. In fact, two generations forward. So now, the ultralight materials, hydrogen fuel system and electric drive make sense, as these are technologies that will be commonplace in the future. In fact, the rolling laboratory nature of the F125 means that unheard-of and experimental technologies will be the norm for the F125 and its successors. In the more immediate future, it’s not far-off that an S-Class… Continue Reading »

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smart Presents ForVision Concept For The Future

At the Frankfurt Auto Show, smart presented its Forvision concept car that could be a glimpse into the next-generation Fortwo. As befits a concept for the future, innovative new design and material concepts are explored in the Forvision, such as the use of carbon fiber reinforced with epoxy resins, which was used for the passenger cell and the doors. Also explored in the concept was the use of plastic wheels, which also offer significant weight savings like the carbon fiber passenger cell. All these materials provide 50% weight savings compared to traditional materials. For these innovations, Mercedes collaborated with BASF, the German chemical giant. The concept car is powered by… Continue Reading »

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F125 Concept Uses Hydrogen Power

Mercedes is really serious about further developing its F-Cell technology, as evidenced by a concept car it very quietly developed in time for the 2011 Frankfurt Show. Called the F125, it features gullwing doors like the SLS supercar and is powered by a hydrogen cell. Like the electric SLS, it’s got four electric motors behind the wheels with a total output in the region of 230 horsepower. As with all electric-motor driven cars, full torque is immediately available, so this car can hit 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. With its hydrogen fuell cell, range is 620 miles and in case you run out before getting to currently scarce hydrogen refuelling… Continue Reading »

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Brabus Zero Emission Presents Full Electric 4WD

You know electric cars are really in our future when premier Mercedes tuner Brabus not only develops an EV, but sets up a division to develop such vehicles, called Brabus Zero Emission. One of its first developments that has been made public at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is its E-Class based 4WD Full Electric concept car. Compared to the supercar performance that Brabus cars normally show, this car can be best described as having adequate performance, hitting 0-100 km/h in just under 7 seconds. But having a top speed of 220 km/h without emitting a single gram of CO2 or any other particulate is performance of a different sort…. Continue Reading »

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B-Class F-CELL involved in an accident in Kazakhstan

Mercedes-Benz is reporting that one of their B-Class F-CELL vehicles has been involved in an accident while traveling through Kazakhstan. The B-Class F-CELL “Number 3″, after travelling more than 23.000 locally emission-free kilometers, is not able to continue its journey due to the resulting damage. Lucky, all drivers involved in the accident were uninjured. However, both vehicles were damaged, including the F-CELL as can be seen on the picture. The exact course of the accident and the question of guilt are still unknown, but local police are involved to solve any problems. Mercedes-Benz is currently examining the possibility of repairing the vehicle, but it will probably just be replaced with… Continue Reading »

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