Joining the long line of pre-show reveals getting us pumped (yeah, yeah, yeah, “the 90’s called, they want their slang back) for NAIAS in January, Mercedes has lifted the lid on at least a third of the eco-friendly concept trio that’ll be debuting in Detroit next month. Dubbed “BlueZero”, Mercedes-Benz’s trio of small, fuel-efficient cars are intended to provide a glimpse into Mercedes’ plans for an environmentally-friendly, low-emission line-up.
First to make its preliminary debut is the BlueZero E-Cell (pictured above and below), an all-electric 5-door mini-hatch. Relying solely on electric propulsion, the BlueZero E-Cell is powered completely by a lithium ion battery pack and is expected to achieve a range of 62 miles off a single 2 hour charge. A little more camera shy, the two other entrants into the Detroit fray are the BlueZero E-Plus and the BlueZero F-Cell. Supposedly borrowing the Chevy Volt’s e-REV technology, the BlueZero E-Plus is an extended-range electric vehicle that relies on both a lithium ion battery pack as well as the smart ForTwo’s turbocharged 3-cylinder diesel engine for power. As for the third concept, the BlueZero F-Cell, the only details we were able to dig up confirm that it will be a hydrogen powered concept vehicle, but that’s all we know. The pre-show “leaks” don’t usually pick up steam until about 2,3 weeks beforehand though, so we expect to learn more details (and get our hands on more official images) the closer we draw to January 11th.
Source: Auto Motor und Sport via AutoBlog