Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO Concepts Confirmed For The North American International Auto Show In Detroit

Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO Concept Vehicle, exterior front and side view

Last week we told you that Mercedes was preparing a trio of BlueZERO concept models for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, each of which featured a distinct alternative power source. In the BlueZERO E-Cell, power came by way of a lithium-ion electric drive; in the BlueZERO E-Cell Plus, a lithium-ion electric drive plus an internal combustion was present; and in the BlueZERO F-Cell, a fuel cell system was the primary means of thrust (their operating ranges varied from 75 miles to just under 450 miles). This week, Mercedes has confirmed that the three BlueZERO concept vehicles are indeed set to premier at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, with the three models the latest demonstration of the company's focus on developing "modular powertrain technologies." Each are based on the same lightweight sandwich-floor architecture (first introduced on the A-Class and then B-Class some ten years ago), with their goal being to demonstrate how in a single platform, Mercedes already has the ability to offer a varying range of alternative drive technologies based on individual customer requirements.

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