Innovative vehicle and powertrain technologies

Our goal is to ensure mobility for future generations as well. That is why we strive to offer our customers safe, efficient, and low-emission vehicles vehicles and services. Our vision is to achieve a drive system mix that is tailored to the market requirements. The main focus points of our development: particularly fuel-efficient, and environmentally compatible powertrain technologies in all our automotive divisions are embraced in our initiative “The path to emission-free mobility”:

  • Further development of our vehicles with state-of-the-art combustion engines with the goal of achieving significant reductions in consumption and emissions.
  • Further efficiency increase through hybridization.
  • Electric vehicles with battery and fuel cell drive.

Hybridization in the C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID: PDF file (5.4 MB)

B-Class Electric Drive. With the new B-Class Electric Drive, which first came on the market in the U.S. followed by Europe in November 2014, we are offering an all-electric vehicle model from Mercedes-Benz for the first time. The B-Class Electric Drive has a range of around 200 kilometers and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 160 km/h. Over the entire life cycle — production, use over 160,000 kilometers and recycling — the B-Class Electric Drive generates 64 percent fewer CO2 emissions than the comparable gasoline-powered model B 180. An externally validated environmental certificate presents in detail the benefits and differences compared with the conventional reference vehicle.

  • Environmental certificate for B-Class Electric Drive

    Environmental certificate for B-Class Electric Drive: PDF file (4.7 MB)

DENZA — electromobility for China. In China, we have developed an electrically powered city car in the framework of a joint venture with our Chinese partner BYD, which we brought on the market in 2014. With a driving range of up to 300 kilometers, DENZA is tailored to the special requirements of the Chinese market. In addition to enabling locally emission-free driving, the five-seater vehicle is also very attractive because of a variety of special benefits. Thus, for example, government agencies grant high subsidies for locally developed and manufactured electric vehicles, and these vehicles are exempt from the general registration restrictions in metropolitan centers such as Beijing and Shanghai.

Green electricity for the smart fortwo electric drive. Electric cars drive locally free of emissions. If they are recharged with electricity produced from renewable resources, they are particularly climate- and environment-friendly. The smart fortwo electric drive is now available in 17 markets around the world. Within the framework of a pilot project we feed the equal amount of renewable energy into the German grid that is required to cover the operation of the smart fortwo electric drive cars sold in Germany.

  • Green electricity for the smart fortwo electric drive

    Green power for every smart fortwo electric drive. Electric vehicles help to reduce or prevent greenhouse emissions if they can use electrical power from renewable sources. In a pilot project Daimler feeds additional energy from its own wind power facility into the German power grid – enough for the operation of all the smart fortwo electric drive vehicles sold in Germany. For this we deliberately do not take advantage of the subsidy provided under the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG). The renewable source of the electricity fed into the grid is documented by certificates of origin.
    Green electricity generation and consumption
    Green electricity generation and consumption
    Enovos certificate

Charging stations for electric vehicles. In helping to push the establishment of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, we are taking part in various initiatives together with other manufacturers and suppliers, research facilities, energy providers, and government. These include the promotional project charge@work organized as part of the “Showcase Electromobility Baden-Württemberg” campaign. Through charge@work, among others, more than 100 charging stations have already been set up at five Daimler locations in the Stuttgart region. Due to the high demand, we also intend to expand the charging infrastructure at other locations soon.

In addition, as part of the initiative Quick Charging for Corridors and Metropolitan Areas (SLAM), together with partners from the industry and research we are examining business models for the operation of quick-charging stations in metropolitan areas and along the connecting traffic corridors. More than 600 new charging stations complying with EU regulations and processes for their need-based positioning are to be realized with a steady focus on providing a preferably uniform and convenient access and invoicing system.

Electric vehicles with fuel cell drive are also suitable for long driving distances due to their great range and quick refueling. The electricity is generated in the vehicle itself from hydrogen, which is fueled as in a traditional vehicle. Emission-free driving will only become attractive to customers for longer distances if sufficient fueling stations become available. That is why Daimler is promoting the development of a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure jointly with partners from politics and the energy sector. That fuel-cell vehicles can be built in series production was demonstrated in 2014 by a B-Class F-CELL from the current fuel-cell fleet of Mercedes-Benz. The vehicle set an endurance record of 300,000 kilometers driven under normal everyday conditions.


Drive technologies from Daimler
Share in percent1 Gasoline vehicles Diesel-powered vehicles Gas drive vehicles
Hybrid drive vehicles Electric drive vehicles
Europe 25.6 72.3 0.1 0.9 0.3
NAFTA 58.8 40.2
Japan 51.8 43.9
China 71.3 28.2
Gesamt 42.9 55.8
1 Basis: 2014 vehicle sales in each market
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