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Hybrid Transport Makes Inroads In Munster

Hybrid vehicles make it to the mainstream news on a regular basis these days, touting their green advantages and all that. Normally, hybrids are associated with frugal daily drivers, although hybrid sports cars seem to be in our immediate future too. Now, a municipal transport operator in Munster, Germany has begun running a pair of hybrid buses supplied by Mercedes-Benz. Last August 27, a ceremonial handover of two Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid buses was made to vehicles to Eckhard Schläfke of the Münster municipal transport service. These buses are to be used in Munster’s high-demand, high frequency routes, where the commuting population of 35 million is serviced by a… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID Awarded A+ Efficiency Rating, Environmental Certificate

The Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has just been awarded a Class A+ energy efficiency rating along with an Environmental Certificate after going through the TUV Sud Life Cycle Assessment. The vehicle passed the tests conducted by the independent inspection body. It has been projected that the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID produces 23 percent less CO2 emissions compared to an E 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. That’s over the vehicle’s life cycle, from being a finished vehicle to being used for over 250,000 kilometers, and even through to recovery. In addition, future vehicle recycling standards were also taken into consideration even while the vehicle was still being developed. As a result, the… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Launches E300 BlueTEC HYBRID

In Stuttgart, Mercedes recently announced its new E300 BlueTEC HYBRID. This diesel hybrid boasts of a fuel consumption of only 4.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. Efficiency without compromise, such is Mercedes’ mantra for its automobiles, and the E300 BlueTEC HYBRID is no exception. In the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, Mercedes-Benz has combined the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine developing 204 hp with a powerful hybrid module. Its 15 kW electric motor, positioned between the internal combustion engine and the 7-speed automatic transmission, assists the diesel engine when the car is accelerating to provide additional boost in power and in alternator mode, is used for the recuperation of braking energy…. Continue Reading »

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Citaro Hybrid Buses Deployed In Germany

Daimler’s push towards greener technology is not limited to cars, as manifested by the fleet deployment of electric Sprinter vans in Spain and now with hybrid buses in their home country. Named the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid, two of these buses will be deployed in Bremen as demonstration units on how a route can be covered by an alternative fueled mass transport vehicle. These hybrid buses are the result of years of development by the German carmaker, which is a testament to the forward-thinking values of the company in the development and implementation of hybrid vehicles for the general public. With an output of up to 240 kW, the Citaro… Continue Reading »

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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 »

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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 »

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Renntech and Mercedes Refresh Pikes Peak GLK350

Premier Mercedes-Benz tuner has once again put its radical GLK350 Pikes Peak Rally Car on the road. Initially redisplayed at the Pittsburgh International Auto show two weeks ago, the radical GLK will next stop at Milwaukee, then on to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Denver. Final stop will be at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Vehicle Museum in Irvine, California. In its initial appearance in 2008, this GLK had a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 72-volt electric motor providing an additional 26kW to the SUV’s 3.5L V6 engine. There is no indication of a drivetrain upgrade but Renntech and 3M’s Commercial Graphics Division cooperated in refurbishing the GLK with 3M’s 1080… Continue Reading »

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