If there's one under-the-radar trend that is slowly bubbling to the top of the green car space, it's the intentional blending (by some) of hydrogen- and battery-powered vehicles under the electric drive moniker. Maybe this vocabulary shift is meant to reduce the amount of conflict between the proponents of one technology over the other, maybe it's to get people to pay attention to the shared technology in the two powertrains. Whatever the reason, we find another example in the latest announcement from Mercedes-Benz about two newish cars – the all-electric Smart Ed and the B-Class F-Cell – which are grouped together under the nifty "electric mobility" and "no local emissions" banners. Check it out after the jump.
The news here is that Daimler is about to put both the EV and H2 vehicles into customer hands (the Smart Ed next week and the F-Cell early next year) and calling them both, "fully suitable for everyday use." Daimler explicitly states that working on different kinds of powertrains is the best way to, "meet the mobility requirements of our customers all over the world." Make sense to you?