If cars could high-five, I would surely be giving the Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO a huuuuuge high-five right now. Mercedes-Benz is speeding way ahead of the pack (in an environmentally-friendly and metaphorically way mind you). Looking like something straight out of Speed Racer, this environmentally responsible electromobility on wheels is being presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And its not just one model Mercedes is trumpeting, but three; each equipped with a different drive configuration–it’s all about your own individual sustainable mobility needs.
So which BlueZERO is for you and your electric drive desires?
Video and more photos after the jump.
Is it the E-CELL with battery-electric drive and a range of up to 200 kilometers? Or how about F-CELL (fuel cell) with a range of well over 400 kilometers? Maybe, perhaps you’re best suited for the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS with electric drive and additional internal combustion engine as power generator (range extender). It gets better, the E-CELL PLUS model has an overall range of up to 600 kilometers and can cover a distance of up to 100 kilometers using electric drive alone.
Another perk, the BlueZERO models don’t have that typical ugly electric car look used in conventional construction. Gone are a heavy, voluminous storage battery housed in the boot or in the rear-seat area. Instead, the energy accumulators/generators are integrated into the spacious sandwich floor. Hell, this doesn’t compromise passenger space or luggage capacity! The powertrain technology built into the sandwich floor ensures a low center of gravity and extremely agile handling. Crash safety also rains supreme, in typical high Mercedes standard, thanks to the sandwich concept and the housing of major powertrain components between the axles.