Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mercedes Will Not Use Petroleum By 2015

This is a brave commitment announced by Mercedes-Benz. In less than 7 years, the company plans to ditch petroleum-powered vehicles from its lineup. Instead, they will focus on electric, fuel cell, and biofuels.

One of the latest inventions is the F700, which is powered by DiesOtto engine that combines Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) and spark ignition to get nearly the same efficiency as diesel without the expensive after-treatment systems. The engine can use biofuels as well and might be purchasable by 2010.

Mercedes is also paying attention to electric vehicles, both battery powered and fuel cell powered. The company has made considerable steps to reach their zero petroleum goal. They have invested $4 million into their long-term Sustainability Mobility plan and over $14 billion will follow before 2014.

This story was taken from Mercedes to Cut Petroleum Out of Lineup by 2015.

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