Mercedes-Benz will unveil three electric concept vehicles at next month’s 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The designs are small and sleek, with a sporty futuristic edge.
The BlueZero E-Cell is an all-electric plug-in model with a range of approximately 60 miles on a two-hour charge. Mercedes adds a turbo-charged three-cylinder engine to this design to create the E-Cell Plus plug-in hybrid with a range to 375 miles. The third model is the BlueZero F-Cell, which uses a hydrogen fuel cell to deliver 136 horsepower with zero emissions at the tailpipe.
All three will offer 0 – 60 performance under 11 seconds.
The design of the BlueZero suite of cars gives a sneak preview of styling for the next-generation Mercedes B-Class due in model year 2012. More importantly, the MB unveiling reveals how important it is for all major global automakers to take steps—as tentative and conceptual as they may be—toward electric and plug-in hybrid technology.