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Mercedes to Debut Concept BlueZero in Detroit

 Mercedes to Debut Concept BlueZero in Detroit
Mercedes Concept BlueZero

Mercedes introduces a range of zero to low emissions variants as a next generation B Class concept

Mercedes will be introducing its range of BlueZero concept vehicles at the Detroit Motor Show next month.

The BlueZero concept is based on the B Class model and will come in three variants.

The first is called the BlueZero E-Cell, which is an all electric vehicle. It comes with lithium-ion batteries and an electric motor with 100 kW of power and 320 Nm of torque. The range is rather limited, offering about 100 km on a two hour charge. Still, its enough for an intra-city commute.

For covering more distance than that, there is an extended range electric vehicle (EREV), the BlueZero E-Cell Plus. The E-Cell Plus comes with the same batteries and electric motor as the E-Cell but an internal combustion engine is added as a generator to produce electricity to re-charge the batteries and extend the range of the vehicle to 600 km. The engine will be the in-line 3 cylinder turbo petrol (gasoline) engine currently available in the Smart family.

The third variant is the F-Cell, a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle which produces electricity from...hydrogen. Mercedes claims this car will provide the equivalent of 136 hp and 320 Nm of torque, similar to its 2.0 liter diesel engine, while having zero emissions.

It may seem like Mercedes is just putting its technologies on display without committing to any one that would make sense as a real-world solution. Maybe it's hedging its bets and developing all three variants hoping one of them will actually succeed in the market place. But this concept is, at the very least, a hint at what the next generation B Class will be like. And you can bet that by 2010, when the next B Class is due, that there will be at least one alternative fuel variant actually available for sale in your local dealer's showroom.

 

Source: autobild.de

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Comments (24)

 skyline skyline
so brave the designer...
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December 15, 2008 7:37 pm
 xLumino xLumino
Not that bad. it can be a nice car. The design is brave. Maybe the backend a bit to much Citroen-like. Only the dash is made bad. Ok, it looks sympathical, but it's completely hard of operation. The keys and the screen are to much down
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December 12, 2008 8:43 pm
 alessandro alessandro
What a shock for E-class dreamers.
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December 12, 2008 7:36 pm
 abramo abramo
O-M-G !! ('nough said)
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December 12, 2008 5:26 pm
 politz politz
Nemo anyone? This thing looks like a fish on drugs. Seriously. And the Mazda theme on the side... so NOT Mercedes-like. MB can even fool around with other cars, but the B-class is a really important strategic product in the near future. Better get it straight, Merc.
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December 12, 2008 5:10 pm
 DieselDog DieselDog
GADZOOKS!!! That is the most hideous front-end since the Aztek! From the side, it could be a BMW city-class concept from 2001. Even BMW has toned back the "flame-surfacing" and the drooping "sow's belly" line above the rocker panel to the point of almost non-existence. Toss it away, and start over.
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December 12, 2008 4:12 pm
 boyke69 boyke69
Bad.
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December 12, 2008 12:36 pm
 wisp wisp
Oh sh!t, Chris Bangled bangles Merc.
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December 12, 2008 12:23 pm
 Herr.Bugno Herr.Bugno
Anyone remember the Citroen Visa? That´s a copy of that car!
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December 12, 2008 11:15 am
 afterace2 afterace2
This is a simple worst looking thing ever designed in history of mankind. If this previews the next B-class, then I don't want to see the next A-class at all!
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December 12, 2008 10:52 am
 Phlarzian Phlarzian
Looks like a Sssssssssangyong!
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December 12, 2008 10:20 am
 designerr designerr
ugliest mercedes concept in the history of mercedes world.
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December 12, 2008 7:23 am
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
some of mercedes's concepts are great looking cars but other (caughthiscaugh) ones are just fugly
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December 12, 2008 7:04 am
 Panamera Panamera
that thing is a hideous blast from the past
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December 12, 2008 6:53 am
 car-o-bar car-o-bar
I will have it without the ugly goldfish front end please.
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December 12, 2008 5:14 am
 nendor nendor
Mercedes sells a lot of the A and B Class they sell not because of the design because it is a mercedes
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December 12, 2008 3:23 am
 motorsport13 motorsport13
zOMFG WTF is that..the interior isnt that bad but i rather take the bus than drive this
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December 12, 2008 3:15 am
 kevoluetion kevoluetion
I think I know why BMW and Mercs make ugly cars, to prevent the Japs from copying them.
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December 12, 2008 1:39 am
 Tp Tp
lovely
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December 12, 2008 12:55 am
 fatter1 fatter1
Holy Cliché Funky Whoa...
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December 12, 2008 12:49 am
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