PHOTO CAPTION: Mercedes BlueZero E-Cell debuted at 2009 Detroit auto show. Photo credit: EV

Mercedes BlueZERO E-Cell Offers Three Electric Options

All three BlueZERO variants share the same key electrical components, including 100kw permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor (BLDC) that revs to a maximum of 13,280 rpm.

Published: 21-Jan-2009

We first encountered the Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO concept vehicle platform when the it was announced in December and recently we had chance to take a closer look at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The three five-seater BlueZERO variants are based on the unique sandwich-floor architecture which Mercedes-Benz introduced some ten years ago, initially for the A-Class and then for the B-Class, one of the aims being to integrate alternative drive systems. Advantages of the modified construction include the positive effect of the major drive components on the center of gravity, their space-saving design, and the fact that they are extremely well protected within the vehicle underbody.

The BlueZERO E-CELL has battery-electric drive with a 35kw/hr Li-ion battery giving a range of up to 200 km.
The BlueZERO F-CELL (fuel cell) has a range of 400 km on one tank of Hydrogen.
The BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS with electric drive and additional internal combustion engine as power generator (range extender). This version has an overall range of up to 600 km and can cover a distance of up to 100 km using electric drive alone with its 17.5-kWh lithium-ion battery.


The company is working with a number of vehicle manufacturers on the development of batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles and expects more announcements like this one to come.

With seating up of four people who use all the large muscle groups, the car can easily cruise at speeds of up to 20 mph.

ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.


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