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    Official: New BMW i3-like Visio.M EV concept uses lightweight resin
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    It's not a new version of the BMW i3, but an updated version of a lightweight concept car from SABIC, BMW, the Technical University of Munich, Daimler and others does bear a certain resemblance to the well-designed plug-in city car. From the black "glass" in the hatch to the angled line tail ...

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    Official: Sales start for $146,000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug In Hybrid
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    Mercedes-Benz's first production plug-in hybrid is chock full of astounding numbers, including the price tag. The base price is 108,944.50 euros, or about $146,000 US. If that didn't make your eyes glaze over, the Daimler division is ready to take your down payments now that the Mercedes-Benz ...

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    Report: Smart updating EV, cabrio models for the Fortwo
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    For Smart, the future is now, or at least this fall. That's when the next-generation versions of Daimler's Smart line of compact vehicles, which were unveiled earlier this month, reach European showrooms, Automotive News says. They might be the first of a broader range that would follow them to ...

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    Report: Daimler: 2017 the right time to launch our hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle
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    Zero-emissions vehicle development has never focused purely on off-the-line acceleration. So when a research executive with Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler says it's Okay that companies like Toyota and Hyundai will have a head start selling hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, it's somewhat believable. But ...

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    Official: Eight Mercedes Fuso Canter E-Cell trucks now in service
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    Portugal is far better known for its scenery and seascapes (not to mention some of its alcoholic beverages) than its place as a vehicle-testing center. But the European country is serving just that purpose for Daimler's Mercedes-Benz division and a new line of trucks. And they are of the ...

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    Official: Daimler, BMW partnering up on wireless charging
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    Plug-in vehicle advocates can get all warm and fuzzy about two Germany heavyweight automakers getting together for the sake of wireless charging. That's because Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and BMW will work together to speed up development of a wireless charging system. While not a ton of ...

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    Report: Daimler could sell off Li-Tec's EV battery business
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    Five-plus years may have been about enough time for Daimler AG to know whether it wanted to be in the battery-pack production business. The Mercedes-Benz parent may stop making electric-vehicle batteries and ultimately sell its Li-Tec battery-cell factory in Germany within two years, according to ...

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    Official: Daimler's Car2go carsharing service expands to Los Angeles
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    The Beach Boys typified the Southern California lifestyle by famously singing about hot rods, drag races and convertibles (not to mention surfer girls). So we never would've guessed that their hometown would help host a carsharing service featuring squat two-seaters. But times have ...

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    Official: Long-range, expensive Denza EV on track for fall launch in China
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    For anyone who's not convinced that the auto industry operates on a slow timetable, remember that Mercedes and BYD first teamed up for a Chinese-market electric vehicle in 2010. While we've heard lots about the resulting EV that the Denza brand would make since then, the car wasn't scheduled to ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz cut fleetwide emissions by 4.3 percent last year
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    Mercedes-Benz says it reduced its fleetwide vehicle emissions by 4.3 percent last year. Of course, the German automaker has another 29 percent to go to meet the European Commission's 2020 mandate. But who's counting? Mercedes' luxury and sports car bent has made it a relative laggard when it ...

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    HyFive hydrogen infrastructure gets $51M boost across Europe
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    "High five!" was one of the catch-phrases of Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh comedic alter ego Borat. A real-world HyFive is being announced by a power broker named Boris. And this is serious business. London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a program called HyFive, which will see automakers and ...

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    Report: Daimler exec hypothetically discusses 3-cylinder engines for small hybrids
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    Is three the magic number of cylinders for Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and its efforts to build smaller powertrains for its compact hybrids? Potentially, yes, the German automaker could see the need for three-cylinder mills, Automotive News reports. The company doesn't have any plans for them as ...

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    Report: Bosch, Daimler say Tesla's Supercharger strategy a disservice to EVs
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    Here's a classic pot-kettle-black story. Daimler, which has a partnership with Tesla, is calling the EV automaker out for its Supercharger stations that - at this point - only work with Tesla vehicles. Daimler, along with supplier Bosch, is saying that there should be compatible standards in the ...

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    Official: Car2go carsharing service will debut in Rome in mid-March
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    When in Rome, folks can start using Daimler's Car2go car-sharing service. The Mercedes-Benz parent says its car-sharing fleet of Smart Fortwo two-seaters will be available in the Italian capital starting mid-March. Upon the debut, about 300 cars will be available, with another 200 added by April. ...

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    Official: China installing huge DC fast charging network using yet another standard
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    It's not like the Japanese and European-American automaker contingents can agree upon a fast-charging standard for their electric vehicles, so why bother going along with either of them. That's what the BYD-Daimler partnership may have been thinking, choosing ABB as the standard supplier of ...

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    Report: Daimler boss says fuel cell vehicles will be disappointing for at least 10 years
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    Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche is pretty confident about the imminence of self-driving cars. Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles? Not so much. He didn't even get into the possibility of self-driving fuel-cell vehicles, but we're okay taking future technologies one at a time. Zetsche, in an interview from ...

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    Official: Someone starts a new Car2go carsharing trip every 2.5 seconds
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    In the fall of 2009, a big idea using little cars got its US start in Austin, TX. That's when Daimler's Car2go carsharing program first came to North America after its global debut in Ulm, Germany. The idea was simple: let people rent a car for just a few minutes at a time, and let them end their ...

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    Official: Limited edition Smart Fortwo Citybeam on sale this month, at dealers in April
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    It ain't exactly a Pontiac Trans Am and the Screaming Eagle, but Daimler is trying to get a little sportier with its Smart Fortwo vehicle line. On January 15, Smart will start taking orders for the Citybeam limited edition Fortwo in Europe. The starting price is 14,490 euros (about $20,000) and ...

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    Official: Smart Fortwo electric drive plugs into China
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    That's one really small car for China, one giant leap for a European electric-vehicle maker. In this case, the EV in question is the all-electric Smart Fortwo ED and the automaker is the German company Daimler which is taking up a position as the first European automaker to start selling an EV in ...

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    Report: Daimler, BYD on track to reveal Denza EV for China next year
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    There will be no Summertime Blues for the Daimler-BYD electric-vehicle collaboration in 2014. The two companies are still on track to start sales of the Denza EV in China next summer, according to Automotive News. Denza will unveil the production version of the car at next April's Beijing Motor ...

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