Mercedes-Benz has been a world-class automotive maker for over 120 years and now they are trying to lead the world in the 21st century. Their cars have led the way in performance, safety and for the most part, looks. Now with the energy crisis becoming more important by the day, they are shedding their fuel inefficiency by producing all their cars without the need of gasoline.
In less than 7 years, Mercedes-Benz plans to ditch petroleum-powered vehicles from its lineup. Focusing on electric, fuel cell, and biofuels, the company is revving up research in alternative fuel sources and efficiency.
The German car company has a few new powertrains in the line-up that European journalists have had the opportunity to test out in their facility in
. One vehicle includes the F700, powered by a DiesOtto engine that combines HCCI and spark ignition to get nearly the same efficiency as diesel, but minus the expensive after-treatment systems. The engine can run on biofuels, and we may have a purchasable vehicle by 2010 – a year that seems to be popular for the debut of a lot of new alternative fuel car models, making ’08 and ’09 simply thumb-twiddling years for consumers. I don’t know, maybe car makers just like the roundness of “2010.” The company’s next big step will be to launch a Smart electric car which is fuel and emission-free. Spain
Anyway, Mercedes is looking into electric vehicles, both battery powered and fuel cell powered. Not only are models in development, but we’ve also seen the company making steps towards their zero petroleum goal right now, from better cabs in London to Li-Ion battery improvements. The company also has about 100 Smart electric cars undergoing testing in
, with that favorite 2010 year as the projected market release date. Mercedes is making serious investments, already putting nearly $4 million into the pot of their long-term Sustainable Mobility plan, with another over $14 billion going in before 2014. London
Europe is definitely the place to be for more fuel-efficient and zero-emission automobiles. The other side of the pond has understood the implications of global warming for some time now and we are just beginning to catch on. With the help of companies like Mercedes, we can achieve the goal of creating a better world for our children and all future generations. They may not be perfect at the moment, but all of us need to pitch in to help, whether it be by purchasing greener cars, driving less or simply buying local products (that do not have to travel far, thereby reducing the use of gas).