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Mercedes-Benz Plans to Make Emission-free Vehicles Strategic Cornerstone

Zero local emissions vehicles include fuel cell and battery electric models.

Published: 26-Nov-2010

The FINANCIAL -- Locally emission-free electric vehicles are a cornerstone of the Mercedes-Benz strategy for sustainable mobility.

"The Stuttgart-based premium manufacturer underlines its ambition to lead in this segment with three electric vehicles which are already produced under series-production conditions and offer full everyday practicality: the new A-Class E-CELL, the B-Class F-CELL and the Vito E-CELL van. The smart fortwo electric drive, which has been produced in series since November 2009, completes this unique product portfolio. The line-up is based on the E-Drive modular system, which allows identical parts to be used in a wide range of different vehicles. At the same time, the inventor of the motor car is pressing ahead with development in core areas of expertise such as battery technology. Furthermore, because electric cars require suitable conditions to enable everyday use, the company is fully dedicated to improving all relevant aspects of emission-free driving: from vehicle technology to cross-industry infrastructure and mobility projects," Daimler informs.

"Customer benefit is our top priority when developing sophisticated electric mobility," says Dr Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "The success of e-mobility stands and falls on customer acceptance, which essentially depends on three factors: everyday practicality combined with driving enjoyment, economic efficiency, and a charging and refuelling infrastructure for power and hydrogen. This is why we adopt a comprehensive approach to this topic, the aim being to offer a convincing, complete solution."

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