once we have known the plans for all of the smart range has with electric version, Daimler has explained his ambitious plans for the immediate future. A huge amount of money is going to be allocated to convert the range Mercedes in a more clean than the current one. Few manufacturers can afford to make such an investment.
in Addition to the internal combustion engines, traditional gasoline and diesel, Mercedes value alternatives to their current and future models, mainly plug-in hybrids and electric, and, to a lesser extent, hydrogen fuel cells. From the Class, even trucks and buses with the logo of the star, it is an ambitious plan, no doubt.
For a start, petrol engines will begin to equip particle filters, such as diesel, to reduce the environmental impact of direct injection combined with displacements tight. Will arrive in 2017, and according to Daimler, it will be the first manufacturer to do this. In diesel engines this technology is standard since a long time ago.
Mercedes GLC 350e 4Matic
Another step to consider will be the use of electrical networks on-board 48-volt, the quadruple of the usual, without the necessity of resorting to high voltage or to its complications. The improvements will be felt in terms of performance by double entry, with more power available (p. e. turbo-electric), and a lower consumption of the alternators.
The range of plug-in hybrids will continue to grow
After S 500 e, C 350 e, GLE 500 e and GLC 350 e, the GLC Coupe 350 e 350 e. In 2017 it will increase the electrical autonomy of the S 500 and up to 50 kilometers, thanks to a redesign of the batteries and to a better energy management.
from Class C, and upward, we hope that more models will adopt this solution. Its status as “car zero emission” will allow them to circulate in city centres closed to traffic of conventional engines. Away from the city, there are no issues of autonomy thanks to the use of conventional engines, as if they were hybrids of the “whole life”.
In terms of pure electric, not only valued the lithium-ion battery -which will experience technological improvements in the medium term – but will be supplemented with hydrogen fuel cells. Suffice it to quote the GLC F-CELL, which has electric batteries for regular use, and is recharged with hydrogen for longer trips, you can do 500 km according to the cycle NEDC.
But Daimler has spent years doing experiments with trucks and buses, and with both technologies, particularly since 2003. In the range Citaro is believed that 70% of the orders will be zero-emission, but for the year 2030. These buses iran displacing the use of diesel-as you are retiring from active service.
In the light trucks we will also look at electrical solutions, Daimler has been doing a pilot test with trucks Mitsubishi Fuso Canter E-CELL from the last year. Equipped with 150 HP of power and 650 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum authorised mass of six tonnes. The tests have been made in Portugal and Germany with satisfactory results for flotistas.
moreover, Daimler does not think only in vehicles but in mobility solutions. We also talk about infrastructure: chargers electric plug and recharge inductive (even for home), and collaboration to enhance the infrastructure of refuelling of hydrogen with the help of other companies.
Car2go is another business in which Daimler has got to give mobility in urban areas, as is already happening in Madrid with a small army of smart fortwo electric drive that roam free without paying for parking, costs of use reduced for those who need to promptly use a car.
Until it has been thought to give destination to the batteries that begin to be removed from vehicles that have met their useful life, recogiéndolas for secondary uses, as they will still continue being useful even though it is not in the automotive industry. The ultimate goal is the recycling, but before you will be re-used, as to make cushion for the electrical system, accumulating energy in rate valley, and freeing it in moments of great external demand.