Mercedes-Benz

  • Daimler shows off what its automated Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks can do

    Daimler shows off what its automated Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks can do

    Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks are an autonomous means to an end: The industrial vehicles can work without drivers, and without requiring a bevy of expensive sensors equipped on the truck itself. The service vehicles work by following the leader, along GPS mapped routes, providing high accuracy from a lead vehicle with control over the followers. The Arocs version of autonomous transportation… Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz kicks off drone delivery pilot in Zurich

    Mercedes-Benz kicks off drone delivery pilot in Zurich

    Drone delivery may be closer than you think: Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Vans teamed up with e-commerce startup siroop, and drone logistics provider Matternet to kick off a pilot in Zurich of its van-based drone delivery concept. The partners demonstrated a delivery live to an audience of media today, showing a coffee delivery from a small Swiss merchant using siroop’s platform. The… Read More

  • Everything electric | Crunch Report

    Today’s Stories What to expect from the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X (plot twist there’s more bezel) China plans to ban sales of fossil fuel cars entirely
    Volkswagen to offer electric versions of all of its vehicles by 2030
    Mercedes-Benz will electrify its entire car lineup by 2022 Google files to appeal $2.73BN EU antitrust fine Zoox in talks with SoftBank to fund… Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz will electrify its entire car lineup by 2022

    Mercedes-Benz will electrify its entire car lineup by 2022

    Mercedes-Benz is the latest automaker to embrace electrification, announcing that it will be electrifying its entire vehicle lineup by 2022. Get used to it: Car makers are going to be making these announcements at an increasing clip, especially now that China, the most important car market in the world, has announced plans to eventually move to ban the sale of fossil fuel vehicles. Read More

  • New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles

    New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles

    Mercedes-Benz announced the price of its new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for the hard-top coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio with a sliding canvas roof. The new coupe’s price is $1,200 less than the outgoing model, but the cabrio’s price is exactly the same. Besides the price, there are some practical improvements for the new Fortwo EV. Read More

  • Mercedes home storage batteries coming to the US

    Mercedes home storage batteries coming to the US

    Mercedes-Benz Energy announced that it’s teamed up with Vivint Solar to provide batteries for storing energy at home in the United States, starting in California this spring. Last year, Mercedes started a program in Germany that works almost exactly the same way. Mercedes uses the automotive-grade batteries it’s developed for electric vehicles, which can withstand a lot of… Read More

  • Car2go puts safety in the hands of humans

    Car2go puts safety in the hands of humans

    While nearly every car-related company on the planet is integrating sensors and refining algorithms to create safer cars that eliminate human error, car2go is putting safety back into human hands. A pilot program in New York City and Washington, DC will give 1,000 car2go members free online driving courses. Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz expands car sharing service Croove beyond pilot phase

    Mercedes-Benz expands car sharing service Croove beyond pilot phase

    Mercedes-Benz started testing out a new car sharing service in December of last year, debuting Croove in a limited pilot allowing people to rent out their cars on-demand for short stints in Munich. The program has proven successful enough for Mercedes to expand it to other German cities, including Berlin, where it began operations in mid-April. The Daimler-owned car brand’s program is… Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz speeds up the launch timeline for 10 new electric vehicles

    Mercedes-Benz speeds up the launch timeline for 10 new electric vehicles

    Mercedes-Benz had already committed to launch 10 new electric vehicle models within the next decade, but now it’s looking to launch them by 2022, which is at least three years earlier than it had previously discussed. Mercedes sees the shift to electric as a more urgent one than it anticipated, and wants to lead, rather than follow as the industry makes this shift. Bloomberg reports… Read More

  • How does the Lucid Air stack up against the competition?

    How does the Lucid Air stack up against the competition?

    Now that we know that the Lucid Air will start at $60,000 (before applying the federal tax credit that’s available for electric vehicles), people are going to start comparison shopping. The first competitor that springs to mind is that other all-electric luxury sedan, the Tesla Model S. The Air is significantly less expensive than the Model S 60, especially at the base level, where the… Read More

  • Car2go’s North American fleet will be mostly Mercedes-Benz by the end of 2017

    Car2go’s North American fleet will be mostly Mercedes-Benz by the end of 2017

    Car2go is making a significant change to its car-sharing operation in North America, which will see its fleet of short-term rental vehicles made up of mostly Mercedes-Benz vehicles by the end of this year. The company is rolling out 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLAs in cities including Austin, Portland, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. to begin with, with plans to expand to more… Read More

  • Check out the real world version of the Mercedes-Benz drone delivery van

    Check out the real world version of the Mercedes-Benz drone delivery van

    At CES this year, Mercedes-Benz brought a polished, complete version of their drone delivery van to display, complete with drones nested up on the roof, and a working intelligent front LED display. The van was impressive in person, a Cylon-esque facade hiding a working mobile warehouse within. Mercedes-Benz and drone startup Matternet unveiled the concept in September, which they refer to as… Read More

  • Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz to bring an AI car to market within a year

    Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz to bring an AI car to market within a year

    Nvidia already announced a partnership at CES to bring a AI self-driving car to production, and now Mercedes-Benz is also teaming up with the GPU-maker on a vehicle with AI on board. Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz are also setting an ambitious timeline for their goal; the two will field this new vehicle within the next 12 months, Nvidia confirmed to TechCrunch. The news came out on stage at a… Read More

  • Mercedes launches car-sharing service Croove

    Mercedes launches car-sharing service Croove

    For something like a century, car makers have sold one car to one person one time and then waited for them to wear out that car and come back to the dealership for another one. Increasingly, that model is outmoded, and Mercedes-Benz is putting another nail in that model’s coffin with Croove. The car-sharing service launched in Munich this month with a couple of twists. Croove is a… Read More

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e soothes range anxiety

    2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e soothes range anxiety

    The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e plug-in hybrid sedan is not a Tesla fighter. It’s not even much of a Chevy Volt fighter. It is a very comfortable, very refined plug-in-hybrid mid-range Mercedes. So if that’s your jam, this is your car. The C350e has a 2-liter gasoline engine and a 60-kW electric motor, for a combined 275 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which means quick merging on… Read More

  • Formula E grows, gains cred

    Formula E grows, gains cred

    This morning, Faraday Future Dragon Racing unveiled its livery for the third season of the Formula E all-electric open-wheel racing series in Hong Kong. The car’s black-and-white fade pattern echoes the Faraday Future logo, though the company says the design takes its cues from an electromagnetic wave. In the video below, Pontus Fontaeus, chief designer of interiors at Faraday, says… Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz looks to the future with Generation EQ EV concept

    Mercedes-Benz looks to the future with Generation EQ EV concept

    Mercedes-Benz is trying to play with your emotions with its new electric vehicle concept, debuted at the Paris Motor Show today. The “Generation EQ” it unveiled is a sporty SUV design, which is reminiscent of the Tesla Model X in its lines and overall look. It has a dual electric motor drive train, and a theoretical max range of around 310 miles, thanks to a scalable battery… Read More

  • Smart’s entire car lineup will have an electric drive option in 2017

    Smart’s entire car lineup will have an electric drive option in 2017

    At some point, it’ll probably be commonplace, but as of its 2017 model year, Smart will be the only big car brand that can truthfully claim to offer both an electric drive and a gas-powered option across all of its vehicle offerings. The Daimler-owned maker of pint-sized urban cars will offer an EV version of its Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio and Forfour in 2017, and each one will use a brand… Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz said to plan EV sub-brand, with multiple SUVs and sedans

    Mercedes-Benz said to plan EV sub-brand, with multiple SUVs and sedans

    Mercedes-Benz isn’t just planning one or two all-electric vehicle options to woo customers away from competitors, including BMW and Tesla who are further along with their EV lineups — it has four models in the works, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. These cars will be offered under a new sub-brand with a new name, per the report. Read More

  • AR in Mercedes-Benz’s Rescue Assist app gives first responders an inside look

    AR in Mercedes-Benz’s Rescue Assist app gives first responders an inside look

    Mercedez-Benz has been putting QR codes on the B-pillars and inside the fuel door of new cars since November 2013, and those have provided a way for first responders and emergency personnel to quickly get detailed model info about any Mercedes-Benz vehicle involved in an accident using the Rescue Assist mobile app. Now, an update brings 3D imagery, as well as augmented reality, to the… Read More