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    Rumorpile: Mercedes To “Add Lightness” To A Special E-Class


    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    January 4, 2012

    One problem with modern vehicles is how heavy they have become. And in this era of tougher CAFE standards, automakers are looking at how to drop the weight down. Mercedes-Benz is going the extreme route if a report from Car Magazine pans out.

    Car reports that Mercedes-Benz is working on a special edition E-Class due out sometime in late 2015. The special E-Class is Mercedes’ answer to the Audi E-Tron and BMW i Series.

    The E-Class superlight as it’s being called will utilize a very stiff and light carbon fiber structure and come in a four-door notchback. The powertrain for this vehicle could be a 150 HP hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain in conjunction with a 50 HP electric motor. Gas/diesel engines and possibly a plug-in Hybrid version are expected to follow allow.

    Source: Car Magazine

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    I read earlier that they could get the E-class under 2800 lbs, but putting a wimpy hybrid powertrain in it is dumb. Use the 302 hp V6 instead.

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    The powertrain for this vehicle could be a 150 HP hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain in conjunction with a 50 HP electric motor

    uhm.... what?

    Hydrogen fuel cell is just an electricity generator.... meaning it needs to be connected to an electric motor... which I would assume would be more than 50 hp. Something lost in the German -> English translation I presume?

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    Maybe... But this is the quote from the Car article

    The sole initially intended source of propulsion is a 150bhp fuel-cell which drives the rear wheels in sync with a 50bhp electric motor.
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