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Friday, January 16, 2009
Mercedes-Benz Lithium Ion Battery
Image: © 2009 Daimler AG

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Their Battery Future

Mercedes-Benz will be bringing out their first lithium ion based car in the summer of this year (2009) called the Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID. The key revolutionary component to the S 400 BlueHYBRID will be its battery, and Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has developed an extremely advanced lithium ion battery, whose technology applications have far reaching purposes for their upcoming new vehicles.

In the S400 BlueHYBRID, a V6 petrol (gasoline) engine is combined with a Mercedes-Benz lithium ion battery to form the revolutionary new hybrid. The S400 BlueHYBRID gets 7.9 L/100 km (35.8 Imp MPG / 29.8 U.S. MPG) on the European NEDC combined test, which is the best efficiency for this category of vehicle and output. The CO2 output on the S 400 BlueHYBRID is 186 g/km. What the BlueHYBRID shows is that efficiency will vastly improve on automobiles over the next three years by as much as an average 200% on the newest technology vehicles, simply because the application in this case is on Mercedes-Benz's largest car for production purposes. 

Moving to the subject of electric cars, Daimler's smart car company will start selling the new smart fortwo ED (electric drive) in 2010 (limited supply), and this will be the first vehicle that Daimler commecially sells that uses lithium ion battery technology entirely for its motive power. The new smart fortwo ED is plugged in overnight and charged for use the next day and produces zero emissions (0 g/km CO2). It is expected that in high solar condition or wind condition regions, owners of the new smart fortwo ED will be able to charge it entirely through home based solar power or wind power, which would mean zero net emissions impact on our Planet.

From an investor in Daimler AG's stock persective, their new lithium ion battery shows that they have invented and patented some clever technology in the battery's design. For instance, they have integrated the battery's cooling system with the S 400 BlueHYBRID's Heating/AC circuit, which means the battery operates always in its optimum operating temperature (15-35 degrees C) and this gives the battery a service life of ten (10) years and a remarkable 600,000 charging cycles.

Daimler will fabricate their new lithium ion battery through a partnership arrangement with the automotive supplier Continental. The lithium ion battery's digital management system was developed by Continental in conjunction with Daimler's research engineers.

In upcoming articles, theirEarth will report to you on the test drives of the new Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHybrid and also the new smart fortwo ED. So stay tuned as always...

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