& The Environment
Blue-sky thinking. Down-to-earth results.
Long before it became front-page news, Mercedes-Benz has been innovating and implementing new ways to help minimize the impact of cars and trucks on the world we share. It's a promise that's been kept for generations, and not just with cleaner, more efficient power under the hood. It starts well before a Mercedes-Benz travels its first mile, and extends beyond its long and reliable lifespan. And like every aspect of Mercedes-Benz innovation, it sets the stage for the mobility, and the world, everyone will enjoy tomorrow.
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Fueling the alternatives.
The future of the automobile will not occur all at once, or in one form, but from a diversity of progressive innovations. Here are some of the ways Mercedes-Benz is reinventing the automobile today.
Improving internal combustion.
BlueEFFICIENCY and BlueTEC are two related efforts for gasoline and clean diesel engines, from advanced fuel injection to reduced vehicle weight, that allow smaller engines to deliver more power with higher mpg and lower emissions.
Individually tailored hybrids
From our new ECO Stop/Start function to our advanced two-mode hybrid with full electric capability, numerous supplemental innovations further reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of conventional-fuel engines.
In the U.S. and Europe, a variety of vehicles which use no gasoline and produce zero tailpipe emissions are already in use, from 100% electric vehicles (EVs) to our groundbreaking fuel-cell car.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel
The original alternative fuel.
Reinvented for tomorrow.
Imagine a fuel that produces fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline, is widely available, and returns both greater fuel economy and higher torque. Presenting BlueTEC: simply the world's cleanest and most advanced diesel. From the inventor of the first diesel car 75 years ago, five different Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC models are available today, in all 50 states. (Disclaimer)
A Clean Campaign
Clean diesel. Clearly better.
We've partnered with a leading non-profit to help spread the word about the benefits of clean diesel.
Far-reaching benefits. Immediate rewards.
By teaming up a breakthrough in electric power with an advanced gasoline engine, Mercedes-Benz has produced world's first production hybrid with a Lithium-Ion battery. Both the S-Class Plug-In Hybrid and new E400 HYBRID combine the performance, luxury and safety leadership you expect with surprising environmental benefits. And each delivers seamless acceleration with superlative fuel economy* and Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle certification. (Disclaimer)
Fuel Cell Drive Technology
Sustainable mobility for the long road ahead.
The future doesn't belong to the internal combustion engine. The future is electric, but fulfilling that destiny will take more than just plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles. That's why we've driven innovation of renewable, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell power.
Mercedes-Benz pioneered automotive hydrogen power, and over the past 20 years we've managed to shrink fuel cells from as big as a van to small enough for the engine bay of a compact car.
Flexible Fuel Vehicles
Adaptable. Renewable. And available now.
A Mercedes-Benz Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) gives you a choice in fuels whenever you pull up to the pump. You can use gasoline or, without a single adjustment to the car, fill it up with E85 Ethanol, a widely available fuel that's 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethyl alcohol (ethanol). Derived from corn and other grains, ethanol is a locally produced, renewable resource that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70 percent. (Disclaimer)
Earth-friendly. Before it was trendy.
For generations, Mercedes-Benz has been breaking new ground to help preserve the earth for future generations. With the first 100-percent CFC-free car, and the first low-emission SUV. With award-winning factories and processes. And by helping to develop local infrastructures around the world that will bring a greener tomorrow to life. It's a multi-faceted approach to advance the quest for sustainable mobility while leading the way in safety, luxury and performance.
Driving a cleaner tomorrow.
As with every aspect of Mercedes-Benz innovation, the global benefits come from a unique combination of intense devotion and extensive diversity.
From the inside out
Protecting the earth begins long before a new Mercedes-Benz hits the road. The 1991 S-Class was the world's first CFC-free vehicle, not just in its air conditioning but in its entire production process. Our interiors have long used steam-expanded foam, sustainably forested wood, and natural products from coconut, flax, hemp and even olives. We've used water-borne paint, and coded plastic parts for recycling, for decades. Mercedes-Benz is also legendary for making cars of exceptional durability. After all, it takes about the same energy to build a car that lasts as one that won't.
Around the world
Mercedes-Benz and its parent Daimler continue to evolve a sensible roadmap for sustainability. Half of the patents earned in 2010 were for green technologies. We have the most hybrid vehicles (buses, vans and cars) on the road. Our fuel-cell vehicles have traveled some 2.8 million miles. We have four electric vehicles in production, with 5,000 units in use. BlueTEC is rated #1 in CO2 emissions in Germany's luxury class.[*4]