Mercedes luxury electric vehicle now more than a rumor

Earlier this year, rumors of an all-electric luxury car from Mercedes-Benz hit our radar and now Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has reportedly confirmed that his company is trying to release a high-class EV in 2010. This isn't the Smart EV, although that's still on the drawing board, but a separate Benz electric. The news comes from Thompson Financial (via Automotive News - subs req'd), which got a sneak peek at tomorrow's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung interview with Zetsche. Zetsche didn't reveal any more details (except to say that the price of the vehicle is dependent on if the batteries will be sold or leased) so we'll just return to our notes from March from an insider at Mercedes' Stuttgart Research Center. We also know that the Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHybrid, pictured, should be MB's first vehicle to use lithium-ion batteries.

[Source: Automotive News (subs req'd)]

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