As expected, the feature concept car being shown by Mercedes-Benz at Frankfurt this year was the F 125! But Merc isn’t actually calling it a concept, rather a “research vehicle” that will help the company work toward a gasoline-free future. In this case it’s a hydrogen-filled future, with this car running on compressed gas and so giving off only water vapor and oxygen as emissions. But, it’s also a plug-in, meaning you can charge this thing up on your garage in addition to topping off the tank at your local H2 filling station — at some point in the future when you actually have an H2 filling station. Read on for more details.
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Mercedes-Benz F 125! looks like the future, runs on hydrogen originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 06:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Mercedes-Benz is certainly no stranger
to hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, and it looks like the automaker is now about to show off its latest concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. That’s dubbed the F125! (apparently pronounced F one twenty FIVE
), and it promises a top speed of 137 miles per hour, 0 to 62 in 4.9 seconds, and 100 kilometers on 0.79 kilograms of hydrogen (or 621 miles on a full tank). Apparently, the concept is also intended to demonstrate the design direction for 2025 CL-Class, although there’s no indication as of yet that Mercedes-Benz plans to put a hydrogen-powered CL-Class into production. Hit the links below for a few more shots that have leaked out ahead of the show.
Mercedes-Benz’s hydrogen-powered F125! concept slips out ahead of Frankfurt originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
At January’s Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz eagerly showed off its hydrogen-powered F-Cell car, vowing to prove the viability of fuel-cell vehicles by driving three of them around the world. And now, 18,641 total miles later, it’s completed that circumnavigation, arriving safely home at the company’s Stuttgart headquarters. Does this prove fuel-cells are ready for prime time? Well, the trip took 70 driving days to cover four continents, and the vehicles’ range topped out at just over 400 miles — in Kazahkstan. But M-B admits there are only 200 refilling stations worldwide; in most cases the F-Cells had to rely on a tag-along mobile refueling unit. The company hopes its demonstration will spur development in a refilling-station infrastructure: having a fuel-cell car you can’t easily refuel must feel like owning a flying DeLorean in 1885. To get the full breakdown, see the Mercedes-Benz PR after the break.
Continue reading Mercedes-Benz completes hydrogen-powered F-Cell World Drive, but had to bring its own fuel
Mercedes-Benz completes hydrogen-powered F-Cell World Drive, but had to bring its own fuel originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 04 Jun 2011 17:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class E-Cell may be a limited production vehicle, but it is a production vehicle, which likely means that some folks will be interested in how it actually drives. Thankfully, the folks from PluginCars have now managed to take one for a quick spin, and have delivered a few first impressions. The short of it is that while it’s a “nice ride,” it’s apparently not a very powerful one — in fact, the site says that the car felt “significantly slower” than the Nissan Leaf, which also of course has the advantage of being cheaper and more widely available. The Mercedes does apparently handle much better, though, and while the floor is a bit higher than a normal car, the interior otherwise seems to be top notch. Unfortunately, the test drive wasn’t exactly long enough to truly test the car’s Tesla-provided batteries, but the site was at least pleased to see the current state of charge conveniently placed right in the middle of the dashboard.
Mercedes’ A-Class E-Cell gets taken for a test drive originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We’ve got some good news and some bad news for folks eager for a sportier, all-electric Smart vehicle
. The good news is that parent company Mercedes-Benz has just taken the wraps of its brand new Smart Forspeed concept vehicle, which will make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. It’s a compact, all-electric roadster that promises a top speed of 75 miles per hour, a range of 84 miles on a charge (which, incidentally, can be done using a normal 220 volt socket), and a luxury interior that even includes a special smartphone housing. The bad news? The company is saying up front that it “won’t make production,” but that “elements of the car will be carried over into future projects.” Hit up the link below for a closer look.
Smart shows off Forspeed electric roadster concept originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Feb 2011 08:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Circling the globe on hydrogen power sounds like a bit of a challenge, what with the lack H2 pumps and all, but Mercedes-Benz set off to show that it could do just that — with the help of a mobile filling station, nat
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Hertz may have been the first to get the suckers on the road, but Mindy Kimball of Silver Spring, MD is the first American customer to have a Smart Fortwo Electric Drive of her very own. She’s a US Army Major and now has a funky little green (but not olive drab) and white coupe at home — probably buried under a foot or two of white stuff at this point. She’s member numero uno of Smart USA’s so-called “Team 250,” which will make up the first 250 owners of the cars, each of which offer a maximum of 72 miles of range and a top speed of 70mph. All while looking super cute.
Smart USA won’t be stopped by snow, delivers first Fortwo Electric Drive to a customer originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Daimler AG is of course best known as the producer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, cars that usually sit toward the higher end of their respective classes. BYD, on the other hand, makes batteries, cellphones, and inexpensive cars that often look an awful, awful lot like other, rather more expensive ones. Strange bedfellows, these, but according to a “knowledgeable individual” quoted by The Wall Street Journal the two are getting closer to finalizing plans for an electric vehicle, freezing the design ahead of production to begin toward the end of 2012. The car is said to be called the GOLF, standing for Green, Oxygen, Light, and Friendship — though that L could also double for Lawsuit given VW already sells its Golf in China. This partnership is similar to what BMW is doing, working with Brilliance China Automotive to get a foothold into the potentially Chinese EV market, which is already starting to heat up and should only continue to do so over the coming years.
Daimler and BYD’s GOLF electric car getting closer to completion? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Fuel cell-powered cars provide the efficiency and driveability of an electric vehicle while also offering the unlimited range of a traditional gasoline powered car — assuming you can find a place to top off those hydrogen tanks. Right now that’s a bit of a problem, but Mercedes Benz is out to show that it’s not nearly as big of a hindrance as everyone makes it out to be. It’ll be driving the B-Class F-Cell model around the world, starting in Stuttgart and motoring down to Lisbon, flying over to the US and driving across that, then across Australia before hopping a boat to Shanghai and driving all the way across Asia, ultimately arriving back to Stuttgart facing in the same direction they left. The B-Class F-Cell can cover 400km on a tank and can be refilled in about three minutes. At this point we have no reason to believe that either Ewan McGregor nor Charlie Boorman will be along for the ride, but given how well things went in Log Way Round perhaps that’s for the best.
Mercedes kicks off F-Cell World Drive, circumnavigating the globe on hydrogen originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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If matte is the new black and green the new gold, the 2012 Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG should be in style for years to come. There’s 550 hp and 33 mpg highway. Is that something you might be interested in?
The CLS63 AMG is the tuning unit’s latest salvo in an increasing crowded market for hi-po luxury sedans with BMW’s M-Class and a resurgent Cadillac’s V-Series. For the CLS, AMG threw a Geländewagen’s worth of technology into adding power without burning more fuel.
By combining direct injection with a stop-start system as standard equipment, AMG was able to boost the power on tap: the 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 now churns 550 hp, a 43-hp bump from the previous 6.3 liter V8, and 590 lb-ft. of torque.
AMG chief Ola Källenius says despite the power boost, the CLS63 AMG will get a combined 24 mpg in everyday driving, and hit some 33 mpg on the highway. Part of that increase also comes from the 7-speed DCT transmission, with four separate modes, including a manual stage that Källenius says is a perfect mimic of a true hand stirrer.
While AMG won’t disclose prices (the previous generation was brushing $100,000 for starters) the new CLS63 also includes track time with AMG experts at one of three tracks: Road Atlanta, Lime Rock or Laguna Seca.
As for the matte finish on the show car, Källenius says that’s just experimental, but AMG will help one of the lucky 3,000 to 4,000 buyers it expects next year to find whatever color they want.
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