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Monday, January 12, 2009
Mercedes-Benz's Electric Car
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Mercedes-Benz's Electric Car - BlueZERO E-Cell

(Detroit) - Mercedes-Benz displayed their BlueZERO E-CELL Electric concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan this week. The BlueZERO concept car is Mercedes-Benz's answer to the future of automotive transportation in a close to zero emissions world. The BlueZERO E-CELL has a range of 200 km on battery power alone, produces zero emissions, and it is a Mercedes-Benz concept car that is part of their new design for modular chassis configuration for multiple powertrain combinations. The Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO model can be configured for three motive combinations: 100% electric drive (E-CELL), Hydrogen Fuel Cell (F-CELL), and the 1.0 L gasoline (petrol) hybrid (E-CELL Plus).

The BlueZERO concept is a 5-passenger vehicle and comes equipped with 20 inch aerodynamic wheels, and low friction tires that reduce rolling resistance to save energy. For both the advantages of light weight construction and sustainable recycling, the Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO concept car has an aluminium rigid core space frame that provides chassis stiffness and load bearing capability in combination with a lightweight sandwich floor construction.

The Mercedes-Benz E-CELL is painted in ALU-BEAM Yellow and the availability of three different modular powertrains, allows for the configuration of the BlueZERO by the customer to meet their driving requirements. The all-electric Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO E-CELL comes with a lithium ion battery pack with a charging capacity of 35 kWh and a full charge is achieved in 3-4 hours from a home power outlet. The BlueZERO E-CELL can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in less than 11 seconds, with a top speed of 150 km/h (93.75 mph).

Mercedes-Benz engineers are to be congratulated for the design ingenuity and hard work that they have put into the Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO car concept.

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