Mercedes-Benz's Electric A-Class Car : The E-CELL
STUTTGART, GERMANY - Mercedes-Benz recently released a photo of the limited production 2010 A-Class Electric E-CELL car, soon to undergo full-scale operation in the city of Berlin, Germany. Mercedes-Benz and the charging and electricity infrastructure supplier RWE, have joined forces in Berlin to make a total of 1000 electric smart cars and Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL electric cars available for the "e-mobility Berlin" project.
Whilst the full technical and performance specifications of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Electric E-CELL car are not yet available, we do know that the car will be powered by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, and that it will integrate into the intelligent smart-charging electricity grid that RWE is installing in Berlin, Germany. RWE is installing both public and home-based charging stations in Berlin, and customers who join the program will receive free green electricty for the first 18 months.
Mercedes-Benz and smart cars have cooperated with twenty other car manufacturers to create a standardised vehicle charging plug system for Europe and it is hoped that this format can be deployed globally. RWE has created a mobile PDA interface for their charging stations that works with Blackberry's, iPhones, and other PC's with internet access. Both the A-Class Electric E-CELL and the smart electric car can interface with the RWE charging station to obtain charge status and to pay for the electricity charges by PIN access on a mobile, or by paying by credit card.