At the North American International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz revealed that it has decided to let the SLS AMG E-CELL enter series production. This is a timely announcement as the automobile will have its 125th anniversary on January 29, during which the carmaker is reaching more groundbreaking accents in the field of electromobility.
The battery-electric drive super sports car is able to deliver 392 kW (525 hp) and 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) of torque.
And also on January 29, the "Mercedes-Benz World Drive" will officially begin. This marks the start of the first journey across the globe with fuel cell electric drive. Bearing the slogan: “125! Years of Innovation," Mercedes-Benz has on display at the Detroit Auto Show a complete range of very efficient and clean vehicles for the current and future generations.
At the Mercedes press conference, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-CELL is the most technically advanced super sports car in the 125-year years that the automobile has been around. He shared that this vehicle can be ordered from their Mercedes-Benz dealers starting in 2013.
At the Detroit show, Mercedes-Benz has built a redesigned Mercedes show stand, which delivers a three-dimensional experience its multi-faceted driveline strategy on an area of nearly 1,800 square meters. Zetsche said that this stand architecture “vividly shows how single-mindedly we are moving forward."
The development of Mercedes Benz fuel cell technology has advanced enough for it to enter series production. Despite the fact that B-Class F-Cell technology is fully developed, there is a certain limitation when it comes to the infrastructure of the fuel stations.
According to Dr. Weber, the demonstration of the capability to be used on an everyday basis is not the only intention of F-Cell World Drive as they also want to establish a hydrogen fuel cell network, which should, in turn, make the B-Class F-Cell a worldwide ambassador of the fresh, local zero-emissions auto-mobility of the future.
The hydrogen fuel tanker will be used at all starting and finish points on the route to enable adequate fuel supply to all the vehicles that participate on the tour.
Dr. Weber stated that he hopes the energy suppliers and governments will be motivated by the ‘World drive’ and build an appropriate refueling infrastructure. The goal in perspective is clear, according to Dr. Weber, and that is enabling the drivers to fill up with hydrogen wherever they are in the world.