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Mercedes-Benz BlueZero

3 Drivetrains, 1 Car, Zero

Hybrid? Electric? Hydrogen? Why when you can have all three?

has developed a modular design can accommodate a gas-electric, battery or hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain in a five-seater it calls Concept By using a common architecture on the A- and B-Class subcompacts, Mercedes it can diversify its drivetrains without a slew of new models.

Our modular allows different drive for every customer requirement, RD chief Dr. Thomas Weber. The sandwich-floor platform provides the basis for a wide range of drive systems.

Although the three BlueZero coming to the Detroit auto in January are just concepts, are guideposts to the company’s future. says it will produce its fuel-cell cars on a small next year and offer a production of EVs in 2010.

Mercedes says BlueZero it to easily embrace electromobility in ways:

E-Cell a battery vehicle with a range of 125 miles.

E-Cell Plus a electric vehicle that a small gasoline engine to the battery as it approaches depletion. Chevrolet Volt but smaller.

a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle a range of about 248 miles.

Mercedes-Benz BlueZero

The three BlueZero vehicles components, and the design and dimensions are Although the three cars are the same size as a Honda Mercedes says they five adults and have of cargo space. They are cars offering everyday says Mercedes boss Zetsche.

The sandwich floor puts the battery pack and components under the floor, plenty of room inside giving the cars a low center of agile handing and excellent safety, Mercedes says.

All of the cars feature a liquid-cooled battery with a maximum of 35 kWh; Mercedes says charge in four hours plugged into a typical outlet. The electric motor 70 kW (about 94 horsepower) and 236 foot-pounds of propelling the little runabout to 62 mph in a less than 11 seconds.

The Plus uses a 1.0-liter engine (the same one in the Smart fortwo) to keep the going. Mercedes didn’t any details on the fuel-cell drivetrain, but probably not much new to say considering the been developing hydrogen for six years.

The exterior styling provides a of the next-gen B-Class vehicles see in 2010, although the translucent panels, clear wheel and three-dimensional light effects into those 20-inch probably won’t see production.

by Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz BlueZero
Mercedes-Benz BlueZero
Mercedes-Benz BlueZero

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