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Saturday, September 06, 2008
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Image: courtesy of Daimler AG

Daimler Takes A Leading Role In Delivering Sustainability

An historic announcement was made this week in Germany (September 5, 2008) regarding the development of  a new sustainability mode of transportation for the Planet. Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz), Jurgenn Grossmann, Chairman of the Board RWE, and Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry held a launch ceremony to introduce the smart ed electric car and its associated charging power infrastructure.

What makes the Daimler led initiative unique is that it looks at a future concept of zero emissions power production tied to vehicles charged with electricity using lithium ion batteries, and designed for sustainability in recycling. Daimler displayed their smart ed (electric drive) car, which will be part of a joint venture between Germany's RWE and Daimler and callled the "e-mobility Berlin" project. RWE will develop the charging infrastructure and the installation of 500 public charging stations for Berlin. Daimler will lead the technology initiative by continuing in the development of new electric vehicles like the smart ed electric.

There will be 100 smart ed's produced for the initial phase of e-mobility Berlin and the cars will integrate with an intelligent RWE charging network made upof the 500 charging stations. The smart ed electric uses a lithium ion battery design that is making its first appearance in the Mercedes S-400 BlueHYBRID that will be entering showrooms very soon.

Chancellor Merkel provides excellent leadership for Germany in the promotion of zero emissions power infrastructures like the promotion of wind turbine installations and Germany's commitment to reduce Green House Gases (GHG's) by 30% for 2020. By taking this leadership role, Germany is one of the countries promoting the rapid development of technology that will produce rewards for all international companies who see that zero emissions is really the rapidly developing future.

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler's Chairman of the Board, delivered some inspiration to others with his words "our joint initiative is a good example of what can be achieved when policy makers, energy suppliers, and the automotive industry all work together towards the same goal.

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