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The current edition of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship sedan made its appearance as a 2007 model, and underwent a mild nip and tuck facelift for 2010. As part of the refresh, the German automaker also debuted its first gasoline-electric hybrid, the S400 Hybrid. As the world’s first mass-production automobile to employ a lithium-ion battery (the […]

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Coming Soon: Hybrids in all Mercedes lines, including diesel-hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Based strictly on past U.S. sales numbers, Mercedes-Benz has not been serious about hybrid cars. Between its Mercedes S400 Hybrid sedan and ML450 Hybrid SUV, the company sold 1,21 hybrid units in 2010—representing 0.6% of the overall hybrid market. Yet, Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, […]

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Hollywood has developed a reputation for being home to a swarm of high-profile, EV-driving enviro-celebs, including Leo DiCaprio, Larry David, Ed Begley Jr, and countless others. But that doesn’t mean everyone in the entertainment industry is a hybrid-lover. Cher, the iconic actress, singer and all-around famous person known for her outspoken views on a litany […]

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Mercedes S400 hybrid. The new federal fuel efficiency rules announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency were hailed as a major success by the Obama administration and embraced by carmakers. But many car dealers—the folks closest to the consumer, and the point of sale—are still dragging their feet on hybrids and other fuel-efficient options. […]

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It looks like Mercedes has caught hybrid fever. In August, the company launched its Mercedes S400 mild hybrid—the first hybrid from a European automaker and the first hybrid vehicle to use a lithium ion battery. Even more impressive, Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, is promising a hybrid version of each of Mercedes’s high-volume cars and […]

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The growing list of part- or pure-electric cars to be displayed at next week’s Frankfurt Auto Show establishes a new litmus test for green cars at auto shows: Cars without plugs are behind the times. It’s not enough that Mercedes-Benz announced that it might make the next generation of its S-Class sedans all hybrid. That […]

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The Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid is the world’s first mass produced car with a lithium ion battery. It’s the first Mercedes with a hybrid drive. And, with a price tag likely to approach or exceed $100,000, it’s going to be an ultra-niche vehicle. The S400 Hybrid will arrive in US showrooms beginning in August 2009. […]

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Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, is suing Cobasys for failing to provide hybrid battery packs as agreed for a planned Mercedes-Benz gasoline-electric SUV. The German automaker paid Cobasys $6 million in connection with development of the batteries. Cobasys is jointly owned by Energy Conversion Devices Inc. and a division of Chevron Corp. News […]

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Mercedes-Benz will launch an S-Class hybrid equipped with a lithium-ion battery next year. Dr. Thomas Weber, who is responsible for research at Mercedes-Benz—and a long-time hybrid naysayer—said, “What we have here is a groundbreaking key technology that is going to be a decisive factor for the future success of the automotive industry.” The use of […]

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