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Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell

Mercedes Builds a Volt of Its Own

is hopping on the extended-range EV bandwagon a compact that combines styling with a Chevrolet drivetrain good for 62 miles of motoring. Although the car is just a it provides a glimpse of the E-Benz see next year.

The BlueZero Concept is one of three eco-friendlier that use a modular design allows Mercedes to offer a battery electric or hydrogen cell drivetrain in a compact By using a common architecture on its A- and B-Class cars, Mercedes it can diversify its drivetrains without a slew of new models.

“Our modular system different drive configurations for customer requirement,” Dr. Thomas director of group research at said in a statement. “(It) as the perfect basis for a range of with electric drives. will allow us to expand our range in an extremely flexible and manner.”

We’ve already seen the fuel cell F-Cell Mercedes plans to offer in numbers early next The E-Cell Plus is essentially the car, but with a drivetrain viable right now.

The Plus is powered by a 136-horsepower motor that generates 213 of torque. That’s enough to the car from zero to 62 mph in “less 11 seconds,” according to Mercedes. Top is limited to 93 mph to maximize range.

The motor gets its juice a 17.5 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled ion battery with a range of 100 (62 miles). As you approach the limits of the a 67-horsepower 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine kicks in to provide to the electric motor. It’s the same system you’ll in the Chevrolet Volt and Fisker Mercedes says the battery in 6 hours when plugged a standard socket.

Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell

The drivetrain is under the passenger compartment, the electric motor between the wheels and the engine between the wheels. The small gas tank didn’t say how much it holds under the rear seats, the battery is below the driver. says the design keeps the of gravity low, protects the and maximizes interior space. the E-Cell Plus is just shy of 14 feet long, Mercedes it can carry five adults and has 500 (about 18 cubic feet) of space.

Mercedes didn’t say whether the Plus will see production, but it to begin producing a small of F-Cell fuel cell by the end of the year. Mercedes says a vehicle will follow year, and Smart plans to producing the electric fortwo this year.

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The E-Cell has room for five people and has 500 of cargo space.

The tiny turbocharged engine in the E-Cell sits under the floor the rear wheels. The entire is under the floor, a move says lowers the car’s of gravity, protects the components and interior room.

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