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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Despite having hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation S-Class, a full electric version of that model is still being looked at, as confirmed by the company’s technical chief, Thomas Weber, who further states that “At the moment, we are looking at customer demand.” Confirmation of this came as the electric S-Class was pictured while out winter testing. Apart from the hybrid versions, the standard range of engines will be Mercedes’ new V6 and V8 MoVe gasoline engines, plus a 2.2 liter diesel like the one found in the currently available S250. This powerplant is the smallest that has ever been made available for the S-Class. Hints of the… Continue Reading »
The war is raging between Mercedes-Benz and fellow German automotive rival BMW in the field of car sharing. To keep ahead of the competition, Daimler has just announced the expansion of its car2go car sharing program in Amsterdam this week. The car2go car sharing program had been tried over and over in both Ulm and Texas, thus ensuring officials in Daimler of its huge potential in other European countries. And so, Daimler promises to bring its electronic car2go vehicles into Amsterdam before the year ends. It will mark the world’s first ever and largest collection of electric cars meant for sharing between customers. A total of 300 electric Smart vehicle… Continue Reading »
On day 39 of the circumnavigation, the F-CELL World Drive embarked on the tenth leg, which leads north through the coastal state of California. The route takes the participants through San Francisco as well as to the Californian capital Sacramento. During this leg, the vehicles cover a total of 950 kilometers. By staging local activities, like in San Francisco and Sacramento, Mercedes-Benz furthermore offers interested parties the possibility to gather information about the potential of fuel cell technology and the B-Class F-CELL. Moreover, a visit at Tesla Motors is part of this tenth leg.
There had already been reports that there will be an actual smart Roadster likely headed for Geneva. Now, the Daimler company has released a complete gallery of images showing the highly-anticipated electric vehicle concept—the smart Forspeed—pegged to take center stage at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Motor Show this March. The Forspeed noticeably has no roof, and in this it is quite similar in appearance to the Crossblade, which was a limited edition of the smart City Cabrio car with a Brabus-tuned power plant. The Forspeed, however, will never see the light of day in a smart dealership because it is intended as a design showcase for the next generation of… Continue Reading »
In another first, Mercedes has delivered to a Spanish custormer 5 Vito E-Cell vans. With Basque Prime Minister López, Mercedes-Benz Vans Production Head, Dr Heinrich Weiss and Jose Luis Lopez-Schummer Trevino, President of Mercedes-Benz Spain, the presentation of the E-Cell Vito Vans were made to Augustine Markaide, President of the supermarket chain Eroski. After 100 of these vans were successfully used in Berlin and Stuttgart, the Vito E-Cell will prove its suitability for everyday applications in Spain. The Vito E-CELL is not a proof of concept vehicle. It is the first van of its kind to roll off the series-production line, just like any other Vito. With a payload of… Continue Reading »
Mindy Kimball, a resident of Silver Spring, MD and a US Army Major, was the recipient of the first retail edition of the smart fortwo electric drive, delivered straight to her home by smart USA, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group. As part of the ceremony of its maiden delivery, PAG Chairman Roger Penske was on hand to give the keys, along with smart USA President Jill Lajdziak. “This is a groundbreaking day for smart in the United States,” stated Lajdziak. “We are extremely excited to add the smart fortwo electric drive to the smart product lineup, solidifying our position as a key player in transportation electrification.” Kimball, 36, is… Continue Reading »