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Mercedes-Benz has officially started production on its 2015 S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and will be immediately available, at least in Europe for now. This is the company’s first-ever use of plug-in technology, although certainly not its first hybrid so this isn’t a complete unknown. The system uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that by itself produces […]

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Eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are demonstrating a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The manufacturers involved said the open platform will simplify and streamline vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in […]

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Mercedes-Benz’ involvement in Formula 1 translates into new hybrid and lightweight solutions for the brand’s road-going cars. “Technologies like direct fuel injection found their way in to series production via the Silver Arrows of the 1950s”, said Prof Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz […]

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According to some in the industry, one of the next steps on the way to improve electric drive and plug-in hybrid vehicles is wireless charging. With this concept in mind, Daimler and BMW are jointly developing and implementing one common wireless charging technology. Wireless battery charging will make the handling of electric drive and plug-in […]

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A Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has traveled 1,968 kilometers (1,222.8 miles) from Tangier in North Africa to Goodwood in England on a single tank. Mercedes added on reaching its destination, the vehicle still had enough fuel left for another 160 kilometers (99.5 miles). The drive was the answer to a dare of a question: […]

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The fifth edition of the Silvretta E-Auto Rally started July three marking the fifth time that locally emission-free vehicles will cross the roads of the Austrian Montafon Mountains. It is also the fifth time that Mercedes-Benz and smart will participate – and with six electric vehicles Mercedes will again have the largest fleet of the […]

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Coinciding with an E-Class mid-cycle refresh, Mercedes-Benz’ choice of a four-cylinder diesel for the new E250 BlueTEC is its first for a U.S. sedan since the mid-1980s, and it replaces the V6 of the previous E350 BlueTEC. The all-wheel-drive 4MATIC we drove for over 1,300 miles also happens to be priced at the entry point […]

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June 26, 2014, will mark the official start of production for the new Decherd Powertrain Plant, a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Infiniti Motor Company President Johan de Nysschen and Gary Edwards, vice president, Powertrain Operations and Battery Plant, are expected to preside over the Opening Celebration activities. […]

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How about driving a hybrid car that can read the up and downs of the road ahead? This is the direction Mercedes-Benz is heading into with its intelligent energy management system for hybrid vehicles. Mercedes-Benz said this system assesses the road ahead and takes it into account. The German company added the objectives of the […]

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Last week at the Geneva auto show, Mercedes-Benz said it would be considering three-cylinder engines for future compact hybrid vehicles. According to a brief write-up by Car and Driver, M-B’s powertrain chief Bernhard Heil said the compromise is being looked at despite needs for balancing shafts and other countermeasures to offset inherent noise, vibration, and […]

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