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Video: Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID Trailer

Seeing the official pictures and reading thought the details on the S400 BluHYBRID is one thing, but seeing the S400 in action is another. Check out the trailer and see how the 3.5-liter gasoline engine, which develops an output of 279 hp / 205 kW, and the electric motor, which generates 20 hp / 15 kW and a starting torque of 160 Nm, work together in harmony.


Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid coming in June 2009

BusinessWeek is reporting that Mercedes-Benz will start European sales of a hybird version of its luxury S-Class in June of 2009. The U.S. and China will start receiving theirs in September of 2009. While Klaus Maier, Sales and Marketing Director at Mercedes, didn’t reveal the price tag for the hybrid S-Class, he did mention the premium wil be less than 10,000 Euro or $14,000 compred to a non-hybrid S-Class. The main innovation is the lithium-ion battery. Developed along with German components supplier Continental, the battery weighs less and takes up less space than batteries used by competing hybrids. Slightly larger than a conventional auto battery, it fits under the hood… Continue Reading »


Mercedes-Benz to produce 20% hybrid vehicles by 2015

Klaus Maier, Mercedes-Benz head of sales, reported today in Stuttgart that every fifth Mercedes should have a Hybrid powertrain by the year 2015. He added that if the government doesn’t change the legal conditions, 20% is realistic. Many have dreamed that Mercedes will eliminate the use of fossil fuel in all their vehicles by 2015, but that of course was only wishful thinking, as they’ll need more time to adapt new technologies and bring it to the masses with an entirely new infrastructure (e.g. fueling stations) According to Auto-Motor-und-Sport, Mercedes has outlined a strategy to start releasing a Hybrid model each yeah, starting in 2009 to achieve their 20% goal…. Continue Reading »


Daimler Trucks Opens Global Hybrid Center in Japan

Yesterday, Daimler Trucks inaugurated its new Global Hybrid Center at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) in Kawasaki. Located within the company’s R&D facilities, the Center will be the worldwide hub for Daimler Trucks’ hybrid development. A ceremony was held today to officially open the Center. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG, and one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers.


Mercedes-Benz forced to cancel launch of ML450 Hybrid

InformationWeek has learned that Mercedes-Benz may be forced to cancel or delay the launch of the ML450 hybrid. Cobasys, a joint venture between Chevron and Energy Conversion Devices, was contracted to supply Mercedes with nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, a $6 million contract, might be closing shop due to the lack of funding from its partners (Chevron & ECD). The battery supplier lost almost $76 million in 2007, and may lose a similar amount this year. If Cobasys is unable to supply the batteries, Mercedes will be forced to delay/cancel the launch of the ML4 50 Hybrid, until it finds a suitable supplier, or they might even force Cobasys to manufacture… Continue Reading »


Mercedes-Benz F600 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

New Mercedes – Hydrogen Water Power Car – Watch more free videos A pretty old video of the F600 Hydrogen fuel cell research car being presented by Herbert Kohler, but still very informative. Daimler is continuing their efforts to create and mass produce a hydrogen powered vehicle in the next decade. It might be possible that in the coming years, we will not only be able to chose a cars color, but also the system they run on (i.e. gasoline, electric, or hydrogen powered vehicle), wouldn’t that be a great problem to have.


UPS Places Largest Order for “Green” Trucks Ever with Daimler

The largest order of alternative-fuel and drive-train commercial vehicles to-date was placed with DTNA’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation today by UPS. The order, consisting of 200 hybrid electric vehicles and 300 compressed natural gas vehicles. These environmental friendly vehicles will be used by UPS for daily delivery operations across the United States and will function in alongside their current fleet of conventional diesel powertrain vehicles. The hybrid-electric power train, combined with a diesel engine and electric motor, drive the FCCC chassis to achieve an over 40% improvement in fuel economy and an over 90% reduction in emissions compared to baseline non-hybrid vehicles.


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