Mercedes was supposed to debut their new BlueZero concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit but thanks to a joint press conference with Evonik Industries we were able to get our first up-close look at the new concept.

Mercedes was supposed to debut their new BlueZero concepts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit but thanks to a joint press conference with Evonik Industries we were able to get our first up-close look at the new concept.

The two companies have joined together to create several BlueZero models which show their joint commitment to create the powertrain of the future. By combining Evonik's experience with lithium-ion battery technology and Mercedes' talent for advancing state of the art technologies, the two believe the new concepts will represent a major step forward for electric vehicles.

A total of three BlueZero's will be introduced, the BlueZero E-cell will be able to travel up to 200 kilometers (124 miles) using electric drive, while the fuel cell based BlueZero F-cell can achieve a range of more than 400 kilometers (249 miles). The BlueZero E-Cell Plus combines the electric drive from the standard E-cell but adds a gasoline engine which kicks in to recharge the batteries, allowing it to travel up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) on electricity and then an extra 500 kilometers (311 miles) when the engine starts to recharge the batteries.

All three BlueZero concepts measure 4.22 meters in length, offer seating for five, allow for a payload capacity of 450 kilograms and hold over 500 liters of luggage space. The front-wheel drive concepts have peak power output of 100 kW (136 hp) and 320 Nm of torque, allowing all three to reach to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 11 seconds.

 

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