Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO concept. Click image to enlarge
Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO concept
Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz will present its near-series Concept BlueZERO at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a modular concept that can be adapted to battery electric drive, fuel cell or extended range.
The three configurations are the E-CELL, with battery-electric drive and a range of up to 200 km on electric drive alone; the F-CELL fuel cell with a range of more than 400 km using electric drive; and the E-CELL PLUS, with electric drive and an additional internal combustion engine as a power generator, with a range of up to 100 km on the electric drive alone, and up to 600 km with both systems.
The three BlueZERO variants are based on the unique sandwich-floor architecture that the company introduced some ten years ago on the A-Class and B-Class models, with one of the aims being to integrate alternative drive systems. The modified construction allows for a lower centre of gravity, a space-saving design, and protection within the vehicle underbody. The BlueZERO concept cars seat five people and set standard in terms of lightweight design, interior layout and body form.
“The flexible BlueZERO concept allows electromobility for every requirement, and highlights the fact that Mercedes-Benz is the world’s only car manufacturer to already have in place all the key technologies for electric cars offering full everyday practicality,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.