April 27, 2005

DaimlerChrysler debuts sustainable technology in Shanghai

Shanghai, China – In conjunction with the Shanghai Auto Show, DaimlerChrysler debuted the Mercedes-Benz S-Class hybrid and a cutaway model of the B-Class F-Cell hydrogen vehicle in Asia.

“With the rising need for mobility and the continuing high demand for cars and commercial vehicles, the biggest challenges for our industry in China and the rest of Asia are the environment-friendly use of energy and other resources,” said Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG. “In addition to alternative drive systems such as hybrid drive and fuel cells, DaimlerChrysler is also working on optimizing the internal-combustion engine, which still has enormous potential also in China.”

With about 80 per cent growth in the last four years, China is the fastest-growing car market in the world. In 15 years, the number of cars in the country is estimated at up to 140 million.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class hybrid uses an eight-cylinder CDI diesel engine combined with two electric motors to optimize acceleration. The diesel engine can be started at any time, independently of the driving mode, using one of the electric motors. The S-Class accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds while reducing fuel consumption by 15 to 20 per cent compared with the conventional model.

The B-Class “F-Cell” incorporates a high-torque electric motor with a hydrogen fuel-cell stack, to deliver more than 136 hp with reduced consumption and a range of nearly 400 km on a tank of fuel, or more than double the previous generation engine. Since the end of 2004, 60 F-Cell cars have been in use in the world’s largest practical test of fuel-cell cars. More than 300,000 km has been driven in tests in Germany, the United States, Japan and Singapore.

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