Sustainable Drive Solutions World Future Energy Summit

18 Jan

Daimler presented a comprehensive portfolio of environmentally-friendly vehicles, including both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, in Abu Dhabi. First European automotive manufacturer at the WFES.

Abu Dhabi – Daimler AG presents the innovative drive solutions of today and tomorrow in its role as Official Transport Partner to the 4th World Future Energy Summit (WFES). The World Future Energy Summit is one of the world’s largest and most important events for the energy and environment industries.

2011 E-cell Mercedes-Benz Daimler AG is the first European automotive manufacturer to have a presence at the conference, and is making its mark with a trade stand, expert speakers and opportunities to Ride & Drive in battery-electric powered vehicles. This level of participation allows the company to demonstrate its globally unparalleled expertise in sustainable mobility – be it the smart fortwo electric drive city car, the SLS AMG E-CELL super sports car or the Vito E-CELL urban van.

Daimler also provides green solutions in the commercial-vehicle segment, including the Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT with CO2-neutral biogas drive and the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck.

Ride & Drive in Daimler electric vehicles

As well as experiencing the smart fortwo electric drive, visitors can also get a taste of the mobility solutions of the future in the shape of the S 500 Plug-in HYBRID, the BlueZERO F-CELL and the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style research vehicle. Furthermore Ride & Drive also offers the opportunity to discover at first hand the unrestricted everyday practicality of two of Daimler’s electric vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL and the smart fortwo electric drive, both of which are already in series production.

2011 E-cell Mercedes-BenzThe stated aim of the WFES is to serve as the platform that enables political and economic decision makers to find sustainable, environmentally-friendly, economical solutions to the challenges faced by the energy industry. It provides a forum where internationally renowned experts come together to discuss the latest developments affecting a broad range of energy-related issues, from solar energy, through alternative fuels, to e-mobility.
This conference focuses on developments and innovations that provide possible solutions to the energy issues of the future.

Electric Benz – Daimler 10 Percent Stake in Tesla Motors

19 May

Electric Benz - Daimler Takes 10 Percent Stake in Tesla MotorsDaimler’s interest in battery systems, electric drive systems and related vehicle projects leads to the automaker acquiring nearly 10 percent of one of the leading electric vehicle companies, Tesla Motors Inc. Read the full story and MB press release at AMG Market | Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts here.

The Green Mercedes-Benz

21 Sep

Lithium-Ion Batteries to Power a New Class of Mercedes-Benz Hybrids

We have learned that Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to produce the first hybrid cars with powerful lithium-ion batteries. The cars are slated for the assembly line in 2009. Expect Mercedes-Benz to unveil additional details this week concerning the new car battery to be used in the luxury S-class line of hybrids.

You can read about what we know so far at AMG Market | Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts.

This is a significant advancement in battery technology when compared to the nickel batteries used in the Toyota Prius. Sources claim the nickel batteries in the Prius have about a five year life before they need to be replaced, which costs the owner upwards of $5,000.  If true, the resale values of the Prius with original batteries will plumet in the coming years.

Toyota hopes to eventually replace the old nickel batteries with the lithium ion, as an article in Businessweek stated: “Yet Toyota should soon be giving the environmental lobby something to cheer about. In an interview with BusinessWeek on Feb. 16, Chief Executive Katsuaki Watanabe confirmed that Toyota’s third-generation hybrid cars, due out in late 2008 or early 2009, will use lithium-ion batteries.” (source: Toyota Prius Battery); website includes extensive info on the Prius batteries).

Toyota has previously delayed making the switch due to safety concerns even though the change could result in significant improvements to the Prius. Conversion kits are reportedly available in the aftermarket today. Using a battery made by Hymotion and A123 systems, you can get an aftermarket kit that converts the Prius into a plug-in hybrid. Subsequent to the conversion, one can drive up to 40 miles at the beginning of a trip on electric power alone. With the kit installed, the company claims drivers can expect 150 MPG city and 100 MPG highway.

Back in February of this year, Treehugger.com reported on the manufacturing facility slated to produce the batteries for Mercedes-Benz:

John Reed in the Financial Times reports that Johnson Controls and Saft, a U.S. supplier group and French battery producer, respectively, are set to break ground on a factory dedicated to the exclusive production of advanced lithium-ion batteries for cars. The facility, which will supply a range of automakers, including GM, Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz, is based in Nersac, France; its yearly production capacity will initially be 5,000 battery packs with the option to scale up if demand warrants it.