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22.10.2014, green.autoblog.com

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive goes on sale in Europe

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hydrogen, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Racing The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive goes on sale in Europe on November 3, with deliveries starting before the end of the year. Developed with the help of Tesla, the new electric B-Class offers more than 132 kilowatts (177 horsepower) and 250 pound-feet of torque. It features Economy Plus, Economy and Sport driving modes. An optional radar support system uses the collision prevention assist sensors to help make smarter decisions about when and how to use the regenerative braking. The B-Class Electric Drive also offers an optional Range Plus button, which can unlock more battery capacity when charging for the occasional longer drive. Learn more in the press release below. Racing returns to the streets of Miami for the first time in more than a decade for the Formula E Miami ePrix on March 14, 2015. Formula E has revealed the track layout, which takes the race around the Miami Heat's home court, American Airlines Arena, along the Biscayne Bay. "This event will help to make Miami more of a sports city," says Mayor Thomas Regalado. "In addition, we will show the younger generations that you may have motor racing without noise or pollution." Read more about the event at the Formula E website and see the track layout in detail here. Hyundai has delivered the first ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles to customers in the UK, including clean energy company ITM Power. ITM is responsible for three of the hydrogen refueling stations being built around the EU as part of the Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles project - the same project that helped bring the Hyundai ix35 (also known as the Tucson) Fuel Cell to Europe. ITM's 700-bar hydrogen stations will be built in London by Spring 2015, each with its own electrolyzer system on site. In the meantime, ITM will use the ix35 for commutes between London and Sheffield, refueling at a site that uses wind-generated electricity from an on-site turbine to power the electrolyzer to make the hydrogen. Learn more in the press release below. Demand for aluminum is expected to climb as China builds more electric cars. Aluminum supplier Novelis says demand will likely increase 30 percent annually for the next 10 years in China, Japan and Korea, and possibly more depending on how China's plan to increase EV use and decrease air pollution shakes out. Read more at Bloomberg. Barcelona and Madrid have received their first all-electric taxis in the form of Nissan Leaf EVs. The electric cabs are meant to help ease air pollution in Spain's two largest cities. The Leaf taxis also have the benefit of not contributing any extra noise to the bustling city centers. Says taxi driver Antonio Berzal Prieto, "In addition to the environmental benefits, the costs of ownership are highly competitive and the car's performance is excellent." Read more in the press release below.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive goes on sale in Europe, Spain gets Nissan Leaf taxisRecharge Wrap-up: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive goes on sale in Europe, Spain gets Nissan Leaf taxis originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments

22.10.2014, Mercedes-Benz USA

Kombucha Tea on Tap -- Mercedes Sprinter Vans

Six years ago, Buchi Kombucha started their journey with two moms and a delivery van. As winners of the 2014 Fast Company’s "Drive Your Business Forward" contest and word of mouth from their raving fans, they were able to grow from humble beginnings into co-ops, cafes and restaurants with over 600 accounts up and down the East Coast and the Rocky Mountains. With their newly upfitted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van built by Innovative Vehicle Solutions, Buchi now has a mobile store-front with their brew on tap ready to distribute their signature kombucha tea flavors. Join Buchi Kombucha as they continue on their path to success, one bottle at a time. Join the conversation: https://www.facebook.com/mercedesbenzusa Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbusa

22.10.2014, www.autoblog.com

Daimler divests remaining interest in Tesla

Filed under: Mercedes-Benz, Earnings/Financials, Tesla, Electric, Ownership Back in 2009, Daimler acquired over 9 percent of Tesla. A couple of months later, it sold 40 percent of that stake to Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments. The following year, Tesla listed on the stock exchange and Daimler's interest was reduced to 4 percent. But now the German industrial giant has announced it is selling that 4 percent and divesting from Tesla altogether in a liquidation that is expected to raise approximately $780 million for Daimler. The divestment has also triggered speculation that the move could make room for rival German automaker BMW to take an interest in Tesla. Despite the divestment, Daimler insists that its technological partnership with Tesla will remain unaffected. Mercedes sources the batteries for its B-Class Electric Drive (pictured above) from the Californian outfit in a deal that is not set to change as a result of the financial realignment. A similar collaboration was in place for the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, however, now that the new generation of Smarts developed with Renault is on its way, it's possible that a next-generation Fortwo ED will use French tech instead as an extension of the partnership between Daimler and Renault-Nissan. Daimler has also taken the occasion to point out that, between the Mercedes, Smart and various truck brands, it offers "the industry's biggest portfolio of electric vehicles," including pure EVs, fuel cells and hybrids. The automaker says it will introduce ten new plug-in hybrid Mercedes models by 2017.Continue reading Daimler divests remaining interest in TeslaDaimler divests remaining interest in Tesla originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments

22.10.2014, daimlerag

Mercedes-Benz Unfallforschung: COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST senkt Unfallzahlen - Neue B-Klasse: Bis zu 30 Prozent weniger Auffahrunfälle

Die neue B-Klasse, die gerade internationalen Journalisten vorgestellt wird, besitzt serienmäßig COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. Die Mercedes-Benz Unfallforscher erwarten, dass damit die Zahl schwerer Auffahrunfälle gegenüber Fahrzeugen ohne entsprechendes Schutzsystem um bis zu 30 Prozent gesenkt werden kann. Für ihre Prognose haben die Sicherheitsexperten Zahlen des Statistischen Bundesamtes zur Wirksamkeit des bislang in der B-Klasse serienmäßigen COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST ausgewertet und digitale Unfalldaten nachsimuliert.