In the first half of 2013, Daimler AG took the top spot in German in terms of electric cars, with electric-powered Mercedes-Benz models combining with smart brand sales to achieve a 42 percent overall market share. The pace-setting smart brand was responsible for 983 units registered during the aforementioned period. That alone accounts for a market share of 40 percent. In addition, smart was also able to grow its electric-powered unit sales by some 80 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Daimler banks on smart to become its ‘trailblazer in electric mobility’, primarily through the smart fortwo electric drive that’s complemented by some tuned models and an e-bike…. Continue Reading »
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June is heating up with 18 new Mercedes-Benz AMG models making their market launches, as the high-performance vehicles make their way to dealerships. This is part of the ‘AMG Performance 50’ strategy being rolled out now leading up to Mercedes-AMG’s 50th anniversary in 2017. It’s all about top-caliber performance for Mercedes-AMG, and this is reflected in the power range of the new models: they go from 360 hp (265 kW) all the way to 751 hp (552 kW). However, there is also a focus on making the vehicles as efficient as possible. You’ve got the A 45 AMG, which is seen as a catalyst for growth in new markets. There’s… Continue Reading »
Daimler’s recent press release revealed that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is going to be rolling in the U.S. highways by early next year. The new car makes its public debut at the International Auto Show in New York this week. The company hypes the Electric Drive as having an environmentally-friendly feature which has zero-emission coupled with dynamic performance, power and style. In Joachim Schmidt’s words, the new B-Class will definitely deliver utmost convenience, safety and pleasure to its users. He added that despite the car’s emission-free trait, it still retains its trademark characteristics that Mercedes-Benz lovers adore. Based from the press release of Daimler, the Electric Drive is… Continue Reading »
The latest news coming out of Mercedes is that the B-Class Electric Drive will be made available to the North American market before its sees dealer showrooms in Europe. Slated to be released in 2014, this variant will be classified as the W242, as opposed to W246 from which it was originally derived. The latest prototypes have been observed with revised front spoilers and side skirts, compared to what was presented at the 2012 Paris launch. The W242 B-Class Electric Drive will be using the battery off the Tesla S, which will be mounted in the floor space in front of the rear axle. Producing 135 horsepower, the electric motor… Continue Reading »
Seen recently on the Mercedes stand at the 2012 Paris Motor Show was the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric drive. This pure electric car is powered by a lithium-ion battery co-developed with Tesla. Range is touted to be 125 miles, with a top speed of 93 mph. Apparently, the Electric Drive will be the only version of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class that will be made available in America. This, despite the brisk sales of more conventionally-powered variants elsewhere. It seems too that Mercedes-Benz intends to call its EVs Electric Drive henceforth, as a way to associate premium electric vehicles with the Mercedes brand. The introduction of the B-Class Electric Drive to the U.S…. Continue Reading »
At this year’s Paris Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is giving us a first look at the production ready SLS AMG Electric Drive. It’s certainly no wimpy electric car though; this fully fledged AMG supercar has 740 horsepower and will launch itself from 0 to 60mph in less than 4 seconds. It’s also got a ridiculous 737lb/f of torque. These statistics will make the SLS the fastest and most powerful production electric car in the world, though not the fastest SLS. Top speed will be, of course, limited to 155mph, but Mercedes-Benz anticipates that this will be reached easily.
Rumors are starting to heat up for the 2012 Paris Motor Show, scheduled to start at the end of the month. Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil the Concept B-Class Electric Drive vehicle at the motor show, which will see a 100-kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery mounted on a B-Class. This EV concept builds on the B-Class driving experience, enhancing the focus on family use and everyday transportation. The motor provides the vehicle with a range of 200 kilometers. Driving dynamics are superb thanks to the 310 Nm of torque. In addition, the battery is chargeable using any 230V power outlet. It also has rapid-charging functionality through high-voltage (400V) terminals…. Continue Reading »