Mercedes-Benz concept BlueZero Plus - Click above for high-res image gallery
We first learned about the E-Cell Plus variant of the Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZero
when the concept line was unveiled in Detroit earlier this year. At the time, Mercedes explained that the range-extended E-Cell Plus used the 1.0-liter, 67-hp three-cylinder engine from the Smart ForTwo and a half-size battery – a 17.5 kWh lithium ion battery pack instead of the pure electric version's 35 kWh – to get a total range 360 miles. An hour's charge was enough to go 60 miles.
Daimler's original numbers claimed a maximum charging capacity of 17 kW. A new release, accompanied by a slew of fresh pictures of the E-Cell Plus wearing new ALU-BEAM Copper paint, says that this has been bumped up to 20 kW, while the battery is now an even 18 kWh pack. Of course, if you have a standard home outlet (3.3 kW charging capacity), the charging time is about six hours. The E-Cell Plus' 100 kW (70 kW sustained output) can move the car from 0 to 62 mph in under 11 seconds. Read more after the jump.
"Our modular system permits different drive configurations for each customer requirement," says Dr. Thomas Weber, the Daimler Board of Management Member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "The improved sandwich floor platform serves as the perfect basis for a diverse range of vehicles with electric drives. We are currently developing an additional platform for future compact models that have drive systems using optimized internal combustion engines. The smart linking of both architectures will allow us to expand our product range in an extremely flexible and efficient manner. Beginning in 2009, we will manufacture the first small batch of Mercedes fuel cell cars. In 2010, they will be followed by a small batch of Mercedes-Benz vehicles that run solely on electric power supplied by a battery. Thanks to these measures, we are excellently positioned for the future."
Electric powered vehicles are fun to drive
Mercedes-Benz vehicles will continue to combine environmental awareness and driving fun in future. One way in which the Mercedes-Benz designers have emphasised this aspiration is by introducing paint finishes in three new ALU- BEAM colours. Each of the three variants makes its individual mark: Confident ALU-BEAM Copper was chosen for the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS. The BlueZERO E-CELL is painted a fresh ALU-BEAM yellow; the BlueZERO F-CELL appears in ALU-BEAM green.
Mercedes-Benz feels it won't be just one technology that paves the way to sustainable mobility in the future, however. Instead the company is responding with solutions that are every bit as varied as the demands. The individual technologies are being used in specific applications where they can provide the greatest advantage with respect to optimal consumption and emission values. Mercedes-Benz views the development of electric cars with battery and fuel cell drives for local zero-emission driving as a means of supplementing the extremely clean and economical BlueEFFICIENCY and hybrid vehicles already available today. However, the unrestricted and convenient operation of electric cars still faces a series of challenges, including high system costs, insufficient infrastructure and short cruising ranges. Advanced diesel and petrol engines will remain the driving force for automobiles for a long time to come - not only for individual mobility in passenger cars (especially over long distances), but, more importantly, for freight transport in trucks. Despite all the progress that Mercedes-Benz has once again so emphatically documented with the Concept BlueZERO, electric cars will not be replacing vehicles with combustion engines any time soon. The electrification of modern, high-tech engines will, however, play an increasingly important role in the drive system mix of the future.
Concept BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS
- Electric powered concept car with a battery-electric range of up to 100 kilo- metres
- A combustion engine that serves as an electrical generator (range extender) extends the range to up to 600 kilometres (total)
- The concept vehicle can be recharged simply and conveniently at a common household outlet
- With a charging capacity of 20 kW, the Concept BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS can be recharged within around half an hour for a 50 kilometre range
- The liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries used as an energy source have an en- ergy content of up to 17.50 kWh
- Front-wheel drive
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km
Range: up to 100/600 km
Rated output: 100 kW/136 hp
Max. torque: 320 Nm
Top speed: 150 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: < 11.0 seconds
Displacement 1.0l turbo
Output 50 kW at 3500 rpm