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10/23/2014, www.motorpasion.com

smart toma la ciudad de Barcelona

En su momento os contamos que el turismo de nuestro país, se apoya en cierta medida en la industria automovilística, ya que son muchas las marcas que eligen nuestra tierra para presentar sus modelos internacionalmente. Además muchas otras vienen a España a poner a prueba sus coches, ya que pocos países como el nuestro permiten alcanzar temperaturas extremas y pasar del calor más sofocante al frío helador en tan poco tiempo. En esta ocasión le toca el turno a smart, que ha elegido la ciudad de Barcelona para presentar la tercera generación del smart que ya tuvimos ocasión de conocer hace algún tiempo. Lo hace después de la buena experiencia que sus invitados vivieron en la misma ciudad en 1998 cuando se presentó por primera vez la nueva marca al público. En esta ocasión, está previsto que un total de 500 invitados llegados de todo el mundo, principalmente periodistas de motor, pasen por la Ciudad Condal entre los días 3 y 15 de noviembre para conocer y probar en su siempre entretenido tráfico urbano los nuevos smart fortwo y forfour. Nosotros en Motorpasión acudiremos a dicha presentación. Seremos de esos que nos pasearemos por las calles con alguno de los 30 coches que esperarán a los invitados en el Aeropuerto de El Prat. Así que si en los próximos días empezáis a ver smart por todas partes en Barcelona, no os asustéis, no es una plaga. Son los coches que se utilizarán para que la prensa de todo el mundo conozca su última evolución y de paso, puedan ver también la ciudad de Barcelona, en todos los medios de comunicación internacionales. En Motorpasión | Las marcas de coches fomentan el turismo en España con sus presentaciones - La noticia smart toma la ciudad de Barcelona fue publicada originalmente en Motorpasion por Héctor Ares .

10/22/2014, 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

10/22/2014, 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

10/22/2014, daimlerag

Mercedes-Benz accident research: COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST reduces the number of accidents - New B-Class: Up to 30 percent fewer rear-end collisions

The new B-Class, which has just been presented to international journalists, comes with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS as standard. Accident researchers at Mercedes-Benz anticipate that this feature could cut the number of serious rear-end collisions by up to 30 percent compared with vehicles that do not have a corresponding protective system. For their prognosis, the safety experts used figures from Germany's Federal Statistical Office to assess how effective standard-fit COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST has been in the B-Class to date and simulated digital accident data.