Mercedes-Benz Concept blue zero on the EVe of 2009 NAIAS

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – At an off-site reception the night before the Detroit auto show we got to see the best unveil of the entire show. You are going to love this futuristic video – it was electrifying!

Merecedes says that when people choose the car of the future they do not want to choose compromise.

Mercedes showed a concept based on a single vehicle architecture modular concept. This concept allows three models with different drive configurations. The goal is to integrate alternative drive systems.

the BlueZERO E-CELL with battery-electric drive and a range of up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) using electric drive alone – a plug-in.

the BlueZERO F-CELL (fuel cell) with a range of well over 400 kilometres (250 miles) using electric drive

the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS with electric drive and additional internal combustion engine as power generator (range extender – think Chevy Volt). This version has an overall range of up to 600 kilometres (375 miles) and can cover a distance of up to 100 kilometres (62.5 miles) using electric drive alone.

The three BlueZERO variants are based on the unique sandwich-floor architecture which Mercedes-Benz introduced some ten years ago, initially for the A-Class and then for the B-Class. This sandwich-floor architecture allows for good center of gravity.  And all three concepts can go 0-62 in less than 11 seconds!

The timeline: Starting in 2009 Mercedes will build the first production cars in low volume. Pure battery powered will follow in 2010.

Mercedes will use their own scalable lithium-ion battery, produced in their own factory.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.