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Daimler to Continue Diesel Sales in US

German magazines have spread a rumor that Mercedes-Benz was going to cease the release of diesel engine Benz’s in the US.

Well, Daimler the parent company has released a much needed clarification that the rumor is in fact false. Still, Mercedes-Benz has yet to announce what might be coming next, which has left up an air of mystery.

 

Daimler says it hasn’t decided to stop selling diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz models in the U.S., despite a report from a German magazine saying otherwise.

Reuters said today that Mercedes’ parent company Daimler denied a report from weekly magazine Der Spiegel, which had said the carmaker would cease to sell such cars next year.

“There is currently no decision nor are there considerations to withdraw diesel from the U.S.,” a company spokesman said.

Daimler’s sales of diesel cars make up less than one percent of its Mercedes brand’s car sales in the U.S, he said. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 Hybrid Getting Crazy Powerful

Mercedes F1 racing has been drawing many skeptical gazes as it transitions to use a hybrid engine. But does the auto giant have what it takes to prove the competition wrong?

As far as testing goes, it seems the Electrical aspect of the hybrid engines is capable of adding almost 200 bhp on top of the fossil fuel engine. Perhaps this F1 racer is a step ahead of its time, but it’s a step toward future efficiency and being ahead of the rest when it comes to fuel efficient engines.

 

But one area where they do not fall short is in the power stakes, with them pumping out much more horsepower than the V8 power units that they replaced.

They easily charged past the 900bhp figure, and there are now indications that the benchmark engine produced by Mercedes is giving out as much as 1000bhp during qualifying laps.

Of course, the figure will not be confirmed, with the technicians led by Andy Cowell at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains obviously keeping details about its state-of-the-art engine a secret.

However, sources with good knowledge of the situation suggest that the latest specification Mercedes engine that was introduced at the Belgian Grand Prix is producing 980bhp. Continue Reading

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If you are a big fan of Mercedes-Benz engines and the engineering feats that the company is capable of, you have already likely heard about the 48-volt systems that will be making their way to the manufacturer’s lineup come 2017. These engines will be the major component of a hybrid system sporting an inline 6 setup. As reported by Gas2.com:

“Mercedes will add a 48 volt mild hybrid system to the S Class sedan beginning in 2017. The current V-6 engine will be replaced by an inline 6 cylinder that incorporates a 48 volt motor connected directly to the crankshaft. The motor can act as both an alternator and a starter. It can also harvest electricity through regeneration.

“Mercedes plans to make mild hybrid systems available across its entire range of vehicles in coming years. In addition to making stop/start technology standard,  the systems are expected to improve fuel economy by 10 to 15 per cent. A four cylinder version of the mild hybrid powertrain is also under development.”

For those of you who don’t really follow engine technology as a passion, the fact that Mercedes-Benz is putting out a 48-volt hybrid might leave you saying, “Okay, so what?” Well, the “So…” comes in the form of the industry as a whole making moves away from 12V and toward 48V engines.

What’s really cool about this (to some of us) is that issues regarding high voltage in (soon-to-be) older cars should essentially disappear, allowing for some incredible electrical benefits, many of which tie in the forced efficiency that engineers had to develop with 12V tech along with high-output accessories so often found in new all-electric vehicles. As noted by Auto Blog:

“Current hybrid and battery-electric vehicles make use of very high voltages in their batteries, motors, and the wiring that connects them, usually around 200 to 600 volts. The high voltage gives them enough power to move a big vehicle, but it also creates safety issues. The way to mitigate those safety issues is with added equipment, and that increases both cost and weight. You can see where this is going.”

In regards to other auto companies that are building 48-volt systems that will rival those produced by Mercedes-Benz, Auto Blog also explained that, “There are 48-volt systems already in production; Audi’s three-compressor SQ7 engine uses an electric supercharger run by a 48-volt system, and there’s a new SQ5 diesel on the horizon that will use a similar setup with the medium-voltage system.”

When it comes down to it, once a majority of automakers start releasing 48-Volt engines there should be some very cool toys that we will be able to add to our vehicles. It might be a bit of a wait until we see what they are really capable of, though, seeing as tech developers have so long had to work with the restrictions of 12V technology. For the most part, we at Adsit are really just looking forward to having more robust computer systems to play with.

In a constant effort to push themselves and their cars further than any other auto manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz often unveils some very cool technology that they end up implementing into their vehicles. Lately, many of their announcements have had to do with safety and the tech behind self-driving cars, but this news is really neat, too.

Using a coil in the ground and a receiver in the undercarriage, the ’18 S550e will be capable of being charged wirelessly, taking a ton of the hassle out of owning and charging an electric vehicle.

If you have ever used wireless charging before, you know how frustrating and unreliable it can be (at least in this author’s experience), and  devices are often left undercharged if they even got any juice at all. In contrast to the experiences we might have with consumer electronics, Daimler is reporting that their wireless charging technology boasts an insane 90 percent efficiency  at 3.6 kilowatts. Though that rate would be way too low for a purely electric vehicle, it’ll be more than enough for the S550e seeing as it is a hybrid.

The only real downside is that you would actually have to tear into your garage floor and install the wiring and the coil to take advantage of wireless charging at all. Otherwise, the fact that the car has the technology available ends up just being some random piece of trivia rather than a convenient system that was actually worth spending a bit more on a new car for.  Although, it will be interesting as more auto manufacturers implement wireless charging to see if the wireless charging coils get installed in parking lots akin to the electric stations you can currently find in many locations.

For that Mercedes-Benz you already own, though, we also offer a wide selection of electrical components and parts to keep your car operating at peak condition.

image via Nikola Motor Company

image via Nikola Motor Company

With a 1,200 mile range between gas stops, it looks like a new hybrid semi manufacturer, Nikola Motor Company, is carving a name for itself in the energy-efficient vehicles market with some very impressive engineering behind it.The company is named after the same inventor that the car manufacturer Tesla was named for (Nikola Tesla) and should have a lot of interesting engine and electrical parts.

 

Tesla is getting into trucking. At least his first name is.

The Nikola Motor Company, a Utah-based startup, has unveiled a compressed natural gas-electric hybrid semi aimed at disrupting the long-haul trucking industry the way the Tesla Model S did the car business.

The company is run by Trevor Milton, a former executive at dHybrid Systems, which developed a CNG system for tractor-trailers that’s now owned by Worthington Industries. Along with Faraday Future, Nikola is the latest automotive outfit named after an electrical pioneer to seemingly appear from the ether.

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