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Daimler AG and RWE sign deal to bring electric cars to Berlin

With “e-mobility Berlin”, Daimler AG and RWE AG are launching today the world’s largest joint project for environmentally friendly electric cars. The initiative covers all components required for the efficient use of battery-powered electric vehicles – from innovative drive technology through to customer-friendly infrastructure. Daimler will provide more than 100 electric cars from Mercedes-Benz and smart as well as the vehicle service. RWE is handling the development, installation and operation of the charging infrastructure accounting for some 500 charging points, the supply of electricity and central control of the system. The payment system takes the form of the exchange of data between a special in-car communication system and the intelligent… Continue Reading »


smart celebrates its 10th anniversary and millionth fortwo car

The smart car as well as the whole company had its ups and downs in the last ten years. After years of restructuring and reorganizing the company, Daimler has finally brought the smart division into a stable position. Today, the one millionth smart fortwo rolled off the production line at the plant in Hambach, France – a micro hybrid drive (mhd) in the passion equipment line. On the occasion of the production anniversary and the tenth birthday of the smart brand Daimler presented the new smart electric drive. In Hambach Dr. Dieter Zetsche, President and CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said “The smart electric drive makes… Continue Reading »


Real world testing of the smart fortwo ‘ed’ in London

Daimler AG has started a trial run of its electric smart fortwo (aka smart ed) vehicle in the city of Islington, UK. The vehicle powered solely by electricity, and chargeable from any three-pin socket the smart ed (electric drive) can achieve the equivalent of 300 mpg – that amounts to a saving of up to 80% in fuel costs over the already highly economical smart fortwo. The ev can travel up to 72 miles between charges, which typically take around 8 hours for a full charge. During the test phase, but possibly even after the official launch, drivers will find free electricity provided by some London boroughs, as well as… Continue Reading »


Tesla Motors to Supply Mercedes-Benz with Lithium Ion Batteries

A couple of weeks ago, we reported on a technology deal that Daimler AG and Tesla Motors are working on. While we thought the deal might involve the 1.0l smart fortwo engines, as Autoblog was claiming. According to AutomobilWoche, the deal involves lithium ion batteries that Tesla Motors will be supplying for the Mercedes-Benz electric cars. Mercedes probably realized that Tesla is much farther ahead in the development of long-lasting and durable lithium ion batteries than they are, which is why they opted to purchasing the batteries, instead of making them. The process of making batteries for electric vehicles as well as hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius, is fairly… Continue Reading »


Mercedes Benz TecDay 2008: The Smart Electric Drive

While Daimler is continuing their efforts to bring an electric Mercedes-Benz sedan to the market in 2010, they have already showcased a first concept of the smart fortwo ED (electric drive). The zero emissions electric smart is powered by a 41hp electric motor and can go 115km (71.4 miles) before having to recharge. Its top speed is 112km/h or 70mph, which is more than enough for congested freeways in the states and around the world. The fortwo ED stores its energy in high-temperature batteries located under the car; it’s charged by plugging it into a regular 220 volt outlet. It does 0-60km/h (not mph) in 5.7 seconds, just like the… Continue Reading »


Dieter Zetsche Confirms Electric Mercedes in 2010 – We were right!!

We usually don’t like to brag here at BenzInsider, but this time we just can’t resist. If you’ve been following our news over the last couple of months, you might remember our story from March 17th about the 100% electric car from Mercedes. That is right ladies and gentleman, we posted a rumor story on a Mercedes plan to enter the market for all-electric powered vehicles, after receiving an email from someone within Mercedes. Our story wasn’t really covered too much, which as you can see now is unfortunate. The all electric “rumor” that we reported on, is the real deal, unfortunately, nobody in the automotive blog world will ever… Continue Reading »


Tesla Motors working with Daimler AG?

The folks at Tesla Motors, who are actively working on revolutionizing the car industry with their all electric roadster, have stated in a Fox Business News interview that they are working with Daimler AG on a technology deal. While it is not clear what the details of that technology deal are, Autoblog is speculating that the Mercedes-Benz parent company may supply Tesla Motors with smart’s 1.0l three cylinder engines for their WhiteStar model, which basically is some sort of a hybrid, where the engine would act like a range extender. It will definitely be interesting to see what will develop out of this. Tesla Motors has definitely something going for… Continue Reading »


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