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Mercedes-Benz
& 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.

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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.

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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.

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Zero-emission driving

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.

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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)

Requires the use of ultralow-sulfur diesel fuel. Mercedes-Benz approves the use of B5 biodiesel (approved diesel fuel with maximum 5% biodiesel content) in all BlueTEC engines. The only approved biodiesel content is one that both meets ASTM D6751 specifications and has the oxidation stability to necessary to prevent deposit/corrosion-related damages to the system (min 6th proven by En 14112 method). Please see your service station for further information. If the B5 biodiesel blend does not clearly indicate that it meets the above standards, please do not use it. The Mercedes-Benz New Vehicle Limited warranty does not cover damage caused by non Mercedes-Benz approved fuel standards.

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A Clean Campaign

Clean diesel. Clearly better.

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We've partnered with a leading non-profit to help spread the word about the benefits of clean diesel.

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HYBRID Drive

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 S400 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)

2013 EPA estimated fuel economy (city/highway) of 19/25 mpg for S400 HYBRID and 24/30 mpg for E400 HYBRID. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.

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  • BlueEfficiency2.jpgBlueEFFICIENCY starts with a new generation of engines.1
  • BlueEfficiency6.jpgDirect Injection can fine-tune the fuel spray in 1 millisecond.2
  • BlueEfficiency1.jpgRapid-multispark ignition can fire 4 times per millisecond.3
  • BlueEfficiency7.jpgTwin turbos help V-8s get more power from less fuel.4
  • BlueEfficiency3.jpgSteering, charging and cooling systems adapt to demands.5
  • BlueEfficiency4.jpgClass-leading aerodynamics are optimized in every detail.6
  • BlueEfficiency5.jpgA special laminated windshield cuts both weight and noise.7
  • BlueEfficiency8.jpgLow-rolling-resistance tires deliver efficient performance.8

BlueEFFICIENCY starts with a new generation of engines.

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BlueEFFICIENCY

More responsive. More responsible.
More than 20 models.

From the most affordable C-Class to racy AMG models, a new generation of power is sweeping through Mercedes-Benz. Advanced new Direct Injection gasoline engines operate with microscopic precision and millisecond-quick response. The result: stronger performance from less fuel with fewer emissions. But BlueEFFICIENCY is more than an engine. Countless systems, from power steering to tires and even side-mirror designs, are meticulously refined to maximize efficient performance.

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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. That car is the B-Class F-CELL and not only is it real, it could in fact be yours.

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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)

The 2012 C300 4MATIC Sedan, C350 Sedan, E350 Coupe, E350 4MATIC Coupe, E350 Cabriolet and ML350 4MATIC are available with the FFV option. Fuel economy while using E85 may be significantly lower than using premium gasoline. Since the FFV option is not available in all states, please consult your retail dealer and/or MBUSA to determine availability in your state.

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Clear Commitment

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]

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* Excludes all options, taxes, title registration, $925 transportation charge and dealer preparation fees.

† Stated rates of acceleration are based upon manufacturer's track results and may vary depending on model, environmental and road surface conditions, driving style, elevation and vehicle load.

‡ With optional trailer hitch. Read Operator's Manual before towing. In some states, aftermarket trailer brakes are required. See dealer for details.

4. Virtually all our cars and SUVs achieve best-in-class aerodynamics. And our factories and offices continue to lead the way in green certification.