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Daimler Mercedes EV Driving School

April 14, 2015 in Education, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Initiative ‘Prepares Novice Drivers for a Future of Electric Mobility’

Germany’s Daimler and its Mercedes-Benz unit have launched a driver education initiative focused on electric vehicles. Working with Stuttgart’s Academy driving schools, the manufacturer seeks to make EVs an integral part of driver training.
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Euro Trash Trucks for Waste Management

April 29, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Texas Trials of CNG-Fueled Mercedes Econic NGT Offering Different Engine Option

Waste Management is quietly evaluating Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT refuse trucks in Texas, with two vehicles in hand and a third expected soon. The compressed natural gas vehicles are attractive for their driver amenities and maneuverability – and because their introduction to the U.S. market would bring operators a new choice of engine, says Waste Management fleet supply chain director John Lemmons.
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50 E-Cells for Danish Postal Service

February 20, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Largest Order for Mercedes Vito E-Cell Vans in Europe to Date

Daimler’s Mercedes unit reports an order for 50 battery electric Vito E-Cell panel vans for Post Danmark, the Danish postal service – and says it’s the largest order for the zero-emission vehicle in Europe to date. The order follows a successful field test on the island of on the Danish island of Bornholm.
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Daimler Details eSmart Production

December 11, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery and Fossil Fuel Cars Built on Same Hambach Line

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit is claiming the first series production of an electric vehicle in Europe as the battery version of the two-seat Smart Fortwo car is manufactured at Hambach, France. Both electric and combustion-engine cars are built on the same line at the $260 million facility, dubbed “Smartville.”
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Mercedes NGV to Debut at Paris Show

September 7, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Daimler to Show B 200 Natural Gas Drive for 2013 Sale

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit is talking up its Mercedes B 200 Natural Gas Drive sedan for 2013, with a new arrangement of fuel cylinders allowing for no loss of storage space, CNG range topping 300 miles, “and around 50% lower fuel costs than a comparable petrol model.”
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Mercedes Atego for Freiburg Haulage

August 27, 2012 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

For This Operator, Manufacturer Says, It Was a Matter of Conscience

Mercedes-Benz says that its Atego BlueTec Hybrid, “the first hybrid drive truck to be mass-produced in Europe,” has been delivered to more than 110 customers since its launch in 2010, and as such is “the best-selling hybrid truck in Europe.”
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Daimler to Test Conductix-Wampfler Inductive Charging in Berlin

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

‘Electric Car Unplugged’

Germany’s Daimler will test a Conductix-Wampfler inductive charging system as part of a multifaceted battery electric vehicles project in Berlin.

The government-supported Effizienzhaus-Plus mit Elektromobilität initiative combines zero-emission living with zero-emission driving.

Daimler and the German government will evaluate Conductix-Wampfler inductive electric vehicle charging -- and 100% zero-emission living -- at this house in Berlin beginning in March 2012

Daimler and the German government will evaluate Conductix-Wampfler inductive electric vehicle charging — and 100% zero-emission living — at this house in Berlin beginning in March 2012. more information on the haus, with a webcam, at this German government (and German language) website

Daimler is providing a battery electric Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell sedan equipped for Conductix-Wampfler inductive charging (as well as a second-generation Smart Fortwo two-seater, and a Smart EBike).

“We are keen to find out how the inductive charging process proves in daily use,” said Herbert Kohler, head of e-drive and future mobility in the research and advanced development department at Daimler AG. “We have already demonstrated the essential feasibility of the technology,” Kohler said in a release. “The experience in day-to-day use will now provide important pointers for the further course of development.

“A number of technical and financial issues also need to be resolved before we can really assess the marketability of this technology,” Kohler said.

According to Conductix-Wampfler, the “efficiency of the system admittedly still doesn’t match charging by cable, but is with 90% already very promising and only slightly beneath cable based solutions, if all components from socket to battery are taken into account.” Daimler has two inductive charging stations in daily tests at its Böblingen-Hulb (Stuttgart) engineering facility, Conductix-Wampfler says.

The Effizienzhaus project involves a family of four living in a house in Berlin that’s “intended to generate more electricity than it consumes… surplus electricity can be used to recharge battery-powered electric vehicles, for example – the home as a personal filling station,” Daimler says, thus “seamlessly incorporating the area of electric mobility.”

Daimler, as part of Germany's Effizienzhaus Plus mit Elektromobilität program, will test inductive charging on a battery electric E-Cell vehicle in Berlin using an 'unplugged' Conductix-Wampfler system

Daimler, as part of Germany’s Effizienzhaus Plus mit Elektromobilität program, will test inductive charging on a battery electric E-Cell vehicle in Berlin using an ‘unplugged’ Conductix-Wampfler system

“Both the inductive and the cable-based charging devices are harmonically integrated in the house’s architecture,” the automaker says. “The coordinated design means that the family will feel totally at home in the cars, thus communicating the concept of integrated sustainable home living and motoring on a visual and an emotional level.”

A family of four is to live in the house on an experimental basis for 15 months.

The Effizienzhaus-Plus mit Elektromobilität project was inaugurated in Berlin on December 7 by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Peter Ramsauer, member of the Bundestag and Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.

Mercedes Hybrids for Deutsche Post DHL

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Daimler late last week reported delivery of ten diesel-fueled Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid vehicles to DP Fleet GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL, at the manufacturer’s plant in Wörth, Germany.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales and marketing chief Ulrich Bastert (left) handed over the big key to ten Mercedes-Benz Atego Hybrid trucks to Gerd-Dieter Benzing, managing director of DP Fleet GmbH.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales and marketing chief Ulrich Bastert (left) handed over the big key to ten Mercedes-Benz Atego Hybrid trucks to Gerd-Dieter Benzing, managing director of DP Fleet GmbH.

The Atego Hybrid is the first series production hybrid truck in Europe, Daimler says.

Trials, including Deutsche Post DHL tests last year, indicate that the customer can expect fuels savings of up to 15% as compared with conventional diesel vans.

The Atego BlueTec Hybrid is based on the Atego 1222 L Euro 5, with 218-horsepower, 4.8-liter engine. The hybrid model has a water-cooled electric motor with maximum output of 44 kilowatts (59 horsepower), driven by lithium ion batteries. Other electric drive vehicle by Mercedes employ power-dense HVH motors from Remy International.

“The electric motor is installed behind the combustion engine and the clutch,” the manufacturer says, “but in front of the transmission. This configuration enables the truck to be powered by engine and motor together or by either of the drives on its own.

“The parallel hybrid drive enables start-up of the vehicle on electric power, recuperation by the electric motor and optimization of the diesel engine’s characteristic.” An automatic start/stop function for the engine further reduces fuel consumption, emissions and noise, “to zero at traffic lights,” Mercedes says.

The vehicles for Deutsche Post DHL will be deployed throughout Germany in the mail and freight segments: trucks assigned to DHL’s freight operations will operate in Wustermark and Hamburg, while the five Atego Hybrids to be used by the company’s mail division will go into service in Hennigsdorf, Dortmund, Cologne-Gremberghoven, Gersthofen and Kolbermoor.



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