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Daimler Betting Big on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

China could be critical electric vehicle market, says CEO Zetsche.

by on Apr.10, 2014

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell hydrogen car.

Daimler AG’s top executives believe hydrogen fuel cells hold the key to developing a broader range of electric vehicles in the future.

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler AG’s top executive and head of the Mercedes-Benz Car Group, told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in Berlin the German automaker is committed to electric vehicle technology.  China, the world’s single largest car market, now has plans for putting millions of EVs on the road by the end of the decade.


“With our Chinese partner BYD, we have developed an electric vehicle in China for China,” he said. The Denza, which was developed with BYD, will debut at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, he added.  “China plans to have five million electric vehicles on the road by 2020 and we’re ready to help,” Zetsche added.


Mercedes Turning to Tesla for B-Class Battery Car

Set for 2014 U.S. launch.

by on Jul.05, 2012

Mercedes launched the B-Class line in late 2011. A battery version should reach the U.S. by 2014.

The folks at little Tesla Motors are rapidly becoming the go-to guys when a big automaker needs help bringing battery car technology to market, it seems.  With Toyota soon to launch the Tesla-powered RAV4-EV reports have surfaced that Mercedes will also tap the California start-ups expertise to bring out a battery-electric version of the next-generation B-Class model.

Though Tesla is counting on its own products – notably including its new Model S sedan – to transform it into a significant automotive player, the company also has been pushing to expand its ties to other automotive manufacturers including Toyota, which has invested $50 million into the smaller firm.

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Mercedes and parent Daimler AG have also found it expedient to turn to Tesla, which already has provided battery powertrain know-how to the company’s little Smart car brand, which recently introduced a new electric version of its Smart fortwo.  But the B-Class project promises to ramp things up substantially.


Global Auto Growth Will Force Shift to Battery Power, Warns Zetsche

German maker's new charging system cuts time to as little as 1 hour.

by on Apr.06, 2012

Daimler CEO Zetsche wants to expand the maker's investment in battery technology.

Daimler AG is doubling down on electric propulsion – and backing its expanding investment in battery technology with the launch of a new charging system that can recharge the batteries for an electric Smart car in as little as one hour, Daimler chief executive officer Dieter Zetsche told the company’s shareholders as he addressed the company annual meeting.

The maker is looking at opportunities to grow electric car sales in not only key Western markets, but also in emerging markets such as China, where Zetsche told investors the technology has become “a big issue.” With worldwide car sales likely to increase by 50% before decade’s end, he stressed, automakers like Daimler have no alternative to turn to battery power.

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In the days leading up to the annual meeting, Daimler locked down a new joint venture with Chinese partner BYD – generally considered the leader in that market’s battery car technology – to launch the all-new Denza brand.  It will focus on launching a line of  affordable electric vehicles.


German Automakers, Suppliers Launch Electric Vehicle Charging Partnership

Customer-friendly e-mobility.

by on Mar.15, 2012

The BMW i3 battery-electric city car.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG, BMW Group and suppliers Bosch, Siemens and several others have inked a new joint venture that aims to address one of the biggest obstacles to widespread expansion of electric vehicle sales: the lack of an efficient and readily available charging infrastructure.

The six partners plan to set up a base for what they’re calling “hubject GmbH” in Berlin, where it will help establish a charging network across Germany – and could serve as a model for simple project in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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“The market for electromobility in Germany is coming to life,” said a joint release. “The number of electric vehicles available is steadily increasing. This calls for an easily accessible, integrated charging infrastructure. And to ensure that customers can access this infrastructure simply, wherever they are, the diverse technologies in the electromobility market need to be linked.”

The partnership aims to establish a common charging system, make it easier for motorists to locate chargers that can handle a variety of different makers’ vehicles, and then simplify billing

Hubject is expected to set up not only conventional charging stations but also provide access to high-speed, high-voltage systems that could provide an 80% charge in minutes, rather than hours.

But despite having some key players in the consortium it appears that a number of specifics have yet to be worked out, the release suggesting that, “The new enterprise is a deliberately open platform that aims to involve as many partners as possible.”

The German federal government has been lending both moral and financial support to the push for alternative power and is promising to invest billions, over the coming decade, to support the set up not only of a network of battery charging stations but also hydrogen pumps that can be used for vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell fuel cell vehicle and the BMW Hydrogen7, which burns the clean, lightweight gas in a modified internal combustion engine.

Mercedes Teams with Chinese on Alternate Power

by on Nov.15, 2011

A Mercedes on display in China.

Daimler and Beijing Automotive Group Ltd,, also known as BAIC, have signed an additional Letter of Intent that emphasizes plans to expand their strategic partnership by developing new technology and new vehicles that run on alternative or new energy.

The Letter of Intent signed between the German and and Chinese automakers opens the door to direct investment by BAIC in Daimler for the first time.

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“Both sides are going to evaluate additional initiatives at corporate level as well as to support each other with further investments,” the two companies said in a statement, announcing their plans.


Daimler Promises More Electric Vehicles

Maker readying plug-in S-Class, battery supercar and more, says Zetsche.

by on Apr.13, 2011

Who says battery power can't be fun? The Mercedes SLS E-Cell is one of the big debuts at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

The battery-powered version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar will reach dealers in 2013.

Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of S-Class by mid-decade and launch an electric version of the SLS AMG “gull wing,” Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsch told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting in Berlin.

“We now manufacture four fully electric models, which is more than any other automaker worldwide,” said Zetsche, citing production of the Smart electric drive, the A-Class E-Cell, the small Vito Van E-Cell and the B-Class F-Cell.

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“Three of these models – the Smart, the A-Class and the Vito –rely solely on a battery-electric drive system” said Zetsche. “Our experience has been so positive that we will soon be introducing additional models,” he said.

Among the models under development is a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation S-Class, Zetsche revealed, “in other words a ‘partially electric’ vehicle whose battery can be recharged from a normal power source,” he said.


Mercedes Goes Electric

Automaker unveils assortment of battery cars in Frankfurt.

by on Sep.15, 2009

Look for a production version of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, which will be based off the next-generation S-Class, according to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche.

Look for a production version of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, which will be based off the next-generation S-Class, according to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche.

It seems that everywhere you turn, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, automakers are plugging in, and Mercedes-Benz is no exception.  Not to be outdone, the German luxury manufacturer is rolling out an assortment of plug-in hybrids, battery cars, fuel-cell vehicles and other high-mileage/low-emissions products and concept vehicles for the biennial event.

That’s a sharp turnaround for Daimler AG’s flagship brand which, for many years, resisted the idea of electrifying its products, fearing it would become increasingly difficult to differentiate them from the offerings of more mainstream brands.  But a combination of shifting consumer attitudes and tougher government regulations has Mercedes making an aggressive bid to become one of the industry’s leaders in the shift to green technology.

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“The electrification of the powertrain is key” to maintaining personal mobility, declared Dieter Zetsche, who serves double-duty as Daimler CEO and Mercedes’ brand boss.