Mercedes will reveal at the Auto Show in Detroit the Concept BlueZERO. It`s a modular concept allowing 3 units with diverse drive settings: BlueZERO E-CELL having battery-electric drive plus an area of up to 2 hundred kilometers using the electric drive alone, BlueZERO F-CELL (with fuel cell) having 250 miles area using electric drive plus BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS - electric drive and extra internal combustion engine as a power generator (area extender). Mercedes is very serious about all the possibilities on getting this auto in the production.
"The flexible BlueZERO concept allows electromobility for every requirement and highlights the fact that Mercedes-Benz is the worldâ€™s only car manufacturer to already have in place all the key technologies for electric cars offering full everyday practicality", says Dr Dieter Zetsche, the Chairman of the Board in Management at Daimler AG plus Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"Our modular system allows different drive configurations for every customer requirement", says Dr Thomas Weber, Daimler AG Board of Management member, responsible for the corporate research, development for Mercedes-Benz Cars. "The modified sandwich-floor platform provides the perfect basis for a wide model range with electric drive systems. We are also developing a new, additional platform for future compact models with power units based on optimised internal combustion engines. The intelligent networking of both architectures enables us to develop our product portfolio extremely flexibly and efficiently. From 2009, we will be producing the first Mercedes fuel-cell cars on a small scale. Small-scale production of Mercedes-Benz cars with battery-electric drive alone will then commence in 2010. This means we are extremely well equipped for the future."
"It was very important for us to ensure that the guiding Mercedes-Benz principle of â€™Fascination and Responsibilityâ€™ was clearly reflected in the design of the Concept BlueZERO", says Gorden Wagener - design chief for Mercedes-Benz. "This is yet another clear statement that environmental awareness and driving pleasure will continue to go together in our vehicles in the future. We want people to realise at first sight that the Concept BlueZERO is definitively not a lesser option."
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