Skip to main content

ads1

Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus Extended Range Electric Vehicle

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus concept. Image: Mercedes-Benz























For the time being, electric vehicles that combine battery power with a range-extending generator may be the best solution for those who can get by on battery power alone for most driving--but still sometimes need the range of a conventional gas or diesel-powered vehicle.

Chevy’s Volt is the only extended-range electric vehicle on the market today, but other automakers (such as Fisker) are beginning to offer them as well.

Now Mercedes-Benz is showing their interpretation of the extended-range electric vehicle, debuting theMercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

More parallel hybrid than series hybrid (like the Chevrolet Volt), the B-Class E-Cell Plus can be powered by the batteries, by the batteries and generator, or via the gasoline engine at speeds above 37 miles per hour when the batteries are depleted.

The lithium ion batteries are said to provide a range of up to 62 miles, and are capable of powering the car to speeds of 93 miles per hour. When the batteries are drained, a combustion engine powers a 3.3 kilowatt generator and the car enters a “range extender” mode, giving it a total range of up to 372 miles.
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus concept. Image: Mercedes-Benz
Here’s where the B-Class E-Cell Plus differs from the Chevy Volt: Since the generator in the Mercedesis modest in power output, the car can only drive on generator and battery power at speeds up to 37 miles per hour.
At higher speeds, the E-Cell Plus is driven primarily by the internal combustion engine, with supplemental power provided by the electric motor. Excess power generated by the combustion engine is then used to charge the batteries, which Mercedes-Benz refers to as “energy accumulators.”

The Volt, on the other hand, gets its propulsion primarily from the electric motor at all speeds and at all levels of battery charge. The Volt’s combustion engine occasionally provides supplemental torque at high speeds, but only to lower energy consumption even further under certain specific circumstances.

As you’d expect from Mercedes-Benz, the B-Class E-Cell Plus will come packed with technology and safety features, including blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assist, active parking assist and Pre-Safe, Mercedes’ own collision intervention system.

There’s good news and bad news on the production front: Mercedes will build the B-Class E-Cell Plus, but it will sell the extended-range electric vehicle in the European market only.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

1966 Volvo Amazon Custom Coupe by Bo Zolland

(from Bo Zolland) This a custom VolvoCoupe design by Bo Zolland for a custom car and Volvo collector in Arizona.

1966 Amazon 2 Door is the base, but with added custom tricks and coupe roof. The front and grille are little modified due to identification visibility. The car will have a Volvo 2004 S-80 T-6 engine/trans and rear wheel drive, modern brakes etc. Air ride suspension and a mix of modern Volvo and Vette components in chassis.

2012 Audi TT & TTS Coupe & Roadster review

The new 2012 Audi TT & TTS The Audi TT continues to define the sports coupe and convertible segments. Its iconic, bold styling sends a clear message of performance and dynamic handling, while its turbocharged engine delivers class-leading power and efficiency. 2012 Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI photo Inside, occupants are treated to an interior built with the same high quality materials found in the A8 flagship. 2012 Audi TTS Coupe 2.0 TFSI photo The Audi TT Coupe and Roadster are powered by the award-winning 2.0-liter TFSI® engine for the 2012 model year. The inline-four generates 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque between 1,600 and 4,200 rpm. Complete with the Audi valvelift system, direct fuel injection, two balance shafts and a high compression ratio of 9.6:1, the engine contributes fuel efficiency and performance, a rarity in a true performance sports car. 2012 Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI photo Fitted with a six-speed S tronic® dual clutch transmission that also can be actuated by two …

Audi A1 S-line : 2012

Audi is extending the A1 family – the A1 Sportback is coming in early 2012. The five-door model is emotional and individual, communicative and youthful, sporty and efficient. The A1 Sportback hopes to build on the success of the three-door A1. 2012 Audi A1 S-line. The S line exterior package option has smart and sporty details. The accessories program for the A1 Sportback will later include kits with aerodynamic add-on parts and colorful decal sets. Upon request, Audi will paint the roof line – the roof arch, the roof and the roof spoiler – in one of three contrasting colors. A choice of 12 paint finishes are available, including the new color Samoa Orange, which is exclusive to the A1 Sportback. The Audi A1 Sportback is 3.95 meters (12.96 ft) long and has a wheelbase of 2.47 meters (8.10 ft), just like the three-door model. It is six millimeters (0.24 in) wider and taller than the three-door model, however, at 1.75 meters (5.74 ft) and 1.42 meters (4.66 ft), respectively. Its aerodyn…