Mercedes Gives Us An Electric Car for Urban Areas

Source: Mercedes Benz

Mercedes-Benz released the A-Class E-CELL as its newest electric car.

Since I starting rewriting the book Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, I really became aware that Mercedes had accumulated extensive experience and know how in the area of electric vehicles.  This know how has already provided the basis for getting two electric cars for everyday use onto the road: the smart fortwo electric drive. Mercedes-Benz released the A-Class E-CELL as its newest electric car.

A Compact five-seater with battery-powered electric drive and a range of over 200 km!!  (Like in the Price Is Right)

The five-seater with with high-efficiency lithium-ion batteries provide a range of over 200 km.

The car is powered with peak output of 95 hp, developing a high torque of 290 Nm.

Fall 2010 they started building them in Rastatt and will be leased to “selected customers in several European countries, including Germany, France and the Netherlands.”

From writing the book Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, I am aware that Mercedes has accumulated extensive experience and knowhow in the area of electric vehicles. This knowhow has already provided the basis for getting two electric cars for everyday use onto the road: the smart fortwo electric drive. 

High-performance electric drive with long range

The electric drive of the A-Class E-CELL delivers a peak output of 70 kW (95 hp), a continuous power rating of 50 kW (68 hp) and a high maximum torque of 290 Nm, as expected for an electric drive, available right from the first revolution. This makes the A-Class E-CELL an outstandingly assured and dynamic performer on the road, taking just 5.5 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 km/h. Maximum speed is electronically set at 150 km/h.

The Beautiful shot of the Mercedes E Motor (NAIAS) (Source: Green Living Guy Productions)Flexible charging options

Daimler and a number of other European automakers and energy utilities have agreed on standardised charging plugs and sockets, with an ultimate aim of worldwide standardisation. This makes the technology more customer-friendly, and is seen as a key prerequisite for the rapid spread of electric mobility.

Intelligent charging management – Green Living Everywhere!!

Like the smart fortwo electric drive in its category, the A-Class E-CELL is the world’s first vehicle in its class to be fitted with an intelligent charging management system based on “SmartCharge Communication”. Benefits include a convenient, simple and totally reliable billing system.
Other intelligent features of the car include pre-start climate control. While the A-Class E-CELL batteries are being charged at home or at a roadside charging point, the interior can be pre-heated or cooled to a temperature set by the driver. Another function enables the driver to monitor charging progress and therefore the present range available, via the internet or a smartphone, for example.

Intelligent Charging In The Mercedes!!

So, if the electric car is parked for a long period, recharging can be set to take place at times when electricity is cheaper; for example during the night. The intelligent interface in the A-Class E-CELL provides a range of billing, control and monitoring functions, making electric mobility convenient and safe, and therefore very customer-friendly. The vehicle is automatically immobilised on connection of the charging cable to the socket, preventing any possibility of driving off by mistake while charging is in progress. This makes the recharging operation even safer and more convenient for the user.

Written by greenlivingguy

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