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.