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Desert Treat: Test Driving Mercedes' Electric Cars

Timothy Hurst attends the WFES 2011 conference in Abu Dhabi.

Published: 25-Jan-2011

On one end of the horseshoe-shaped ADNEC convention center in Abu Dhabi, the location of last week's World Future Energy Summit, was my home for the week, the Aloft Hotel, and on the other side of the horseshoe was the main conference entrance. Handy, huh? While I could have walked through the massive horseshoe from my room to the conference, never even stepping foot outdoors, what fun would that have been? So on my first trip cutting across the horseshoe I happened to notice a large Daimler demonstration installation in the middle of said parking lot. I made a mental note of the demonstration area and vowed to return to take one of the EVs for a spin on the streets of Abu Dhabi.

As the official transport partner of WFES 2011, Daimler was on hand to showcase the company’s range of electric vehicles, including the smart Fortwo Electric Drive, the BlueZERO F-CELL, the Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style and the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid.

"This level of participation allows the company to demonstrate its globally unparalleled expertise in sustainable mobility - be it the smart fortwo electric drive city car, the SLS AMG E-CELL super sports car or the Vito E-CELL urban van," the automotive manufacturer said.


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