Discussion in 'CLS-Class' started by HighestOfHigh, Jan 26, 2011.
- 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Offers One Third Lower CO2 Emissions | eMercedesBenz
Very impressive indeed.
This statement makes it sound like the creator Gods of the Automobile have spoken.
Mercedes is clearly ahead of the entire pack with advanced engineering in this department. Evereyone else just has to follow the leader.
Starting to feel good being an MB fan once again.
Nice to read such a comprenhsive approach to overall environmental impact, from production to running to disposal.
Sorry to crash the party, MB leads in many automotive fields, but environment is not one of them. It is the furthest away from meeting 2015 EU CO2 targets: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101110/ANE/311109998.
And they pay the biggest CAFE fines (in fact almost all of it): Mercedes Benz Get the Second Largest CAFE Fine - autoevolution
It is good to see them making progress on it, but maybe one day they will lead when it comes to environment friendliness , but definitely not at this time.
Mercedes offer a wide range of powerfull cars, probably more than any other brand. Hence problems with average emissions.
Mercedes-Benz CAFE fines already dropped at lot.
There might be valid reasons why they are not leading when it comes to environment friendliness, all I said is it is not right to claim they are leading when they are clearly not (for whatever reason).
And as for this particular reason - MB sells more bigger/powerful cars in average- may be true in other parts of the world, but not in EU. The 2015 EU CO2 target for each company is based on weight/power of the cars they sell and as you can see it is higher for BMW than MB and yet BMW is closer to it's target than MB is to it's.
This is great publicity and all, but I can't help to offer the counterpoint of the fact that if the governments and regulation agencies were pushing car companies, they wouldn't be where they are at.
Daimler received two first place ÖkoGlobe environmental awards in 2010, for the F-CELL and
the hydrogen infrastructure cooperation with Linde. ÖkoGlobe - Die Preisträger 2010
Daimler AG is presently leading the ÖkoGlobe environmental innovation award count, with eight
first prizes since 2007, according to Auto Motor und Sport.
Öko Globe für ökologische Innovationen: Daimler an der Spitze - auto motor und sport
more info from the Ökoglobe Institut at the University Duisburg Essen became available.
ÖkoGlobe Presse 2011
Here's a listing of Oekoglobe awards by automaker.
Never heard of this. What exactly is it?
It's an award for sustainable innovations in several categories, e.g. in 2010:
Category 1: The ÖkoGlobe for innovative sources of energy received by Daimler AG for the fuel cell module in the B-Class F-Cell.
Category 2: The ÖkoGlobe for electric and hybrid drive for Peugeot and Mitsubishi were iOn and iMieV.
Category 3: The ÖkoGlobe for alternative drive and overall vehicle optimization were Fiat and Ford for the innovative 2-cylinder engine TWIN AIR and the ECOnetic Technologies: Fiesta 98g/km.
Category 4: The ÖkoGlobe for sustainable mass vehicles received the Nissan LEAF.
Category 5: The ÖkoGlobe for pioneering innovations in concept and low-volume vehicles Xenova received for the electric-powered transporter Terryman.
Category 6: The ÖkoGlobe for supplier innovation was Schäffler for the fully variable valve control system UniAir.
Category 7: The ÖkoGlobe for sustainable fleet were Volkswagen and NABU for FleetCompetence eCO2.
Category 8: The ÖkoGlobe for mobility projects and visions received the German railway for the S-Bahn Hamburg.
Category 9: The ÖkoGlobe models for sustainable infrastructure and activities were given to Linde and Daimler for their hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
Category 10: The ÖkoGlobe for an outstanding personality was Walter Mennekes. (Mennekes produces plugs for electric vehicles).
Source: New York Times
Some pics from Daimler and BimmerToday.
Awesome, let the war continue!
Here are the latest Ökoglobe results. Daimler won again. One 1st place, one 3rd place.
Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses among the prize winners.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): first place in the category “New mobility concepts”
Karlsruhe/Stuttgart – the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and the Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid were among the prizewinners at ÖkoGlobe 2011, which was held yesterday evening at the Centre for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. The annual ÖkoGlobe awards are presented to the most eco-friendly products and for innovations in the automotive industry, in a total of nine categories. The sponsor that initiated the competition was the ÖkoGlobe Institute of Duisburg-Essen University, headed by Professor Ferdinand Dudenhöffer.
First place in the category “New mobility concepts” went to the innovative Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. In this concept, buses operate on separate, dedicated lanes, allowing a large number of passengers to be transported quickly and efficiently. BRT offers the benefits of optimum use of the transport area, along with a significant reduction in emissions per passenger km.
Typical areas of operation for BRT are in megacities in emerging countries, such as Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Bogotá and Pune, but Mercedes-Benz buses produced in Mannheim are also being used successfully in BRT systems in Europe, for example in Istanbul and Nantes. Worldwide, over 15,000 Mercedes-Benz buses are currently used on BRT routes.
“With its commitment to the Bus Rapid Transit system, Daimler offers a sensible alternative to private transport in large cities. A frequent service, more modern buses, and shorter travel times make the system very user-friendly.” These were the reasons the judges gave for their decision.
Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler’s Commercial Vehicles division, commented as follows at the awards ceremony at the ZKM in Karlsruhe: “At Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses, we see the 2011 ÖkoGlobe award as both recognition of our commitment up to now, and as an incentive to continue our pioneering role in developing sustainable, environmentally conscious transport solutions.”
BRT systems consist of one or more main arteries on which large-capacity buses operate at high frequency, and which are serviced by several feeder lines. Lanes that are separated from private transport, together with safe boarding at platform stops, ensure rapid and efficient transportation. Depending on requirements, buses with different capacities can be used in conjunction with the required service frequency. Ticket sales and access controls outside the vehicle keep boarding times to a minimum.
An intelligent, computer-controlled traffic management system, which gives buses priority at traffic lights for example, makes it possible to control traffic in real time, while guaranteeing high transportation speeds.
As with rail systems, more people can travel quickly and comfortably on inner-city routes. BRT systems can be implemented faster and much more cost-efficiently than rail systems, making them much more flexible if they need to be expanded. Further benefits with BRT are that the application can be customised for each city, and the ease with which it can be adapted to local conditions. A primary objective is to integrate it with existing means of transport to create a comprehensive public transport system.
The Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid was also one of the prizewinners at ÖkoGlobe 2011. Europe’s first production series hybrid truck took third place in the category “Production vehicle with sustainability factor”. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the Atego BlueTec Hybrid were reduced by between 10 and 15 percent by systematically integrating the hybrid components, and with the help of an application-specific vehicle operating strategy. Even greater savings are possible depending on the topography and operating conditions.
Noise emissions have also been reduced. In the braking and deceleration modes, the electric motor operates as a generator, storing energy in lithium-ion batteries, which is then available for extreme load situations. The Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid is thus setting new standards in the commercial vehicles industry: over 100 units of the “green truck” have already been sold.
In the long term, the efficiency of hybrid technology in commercial vehicles will determine its long-term success. Thanks to the fuel savings, hybrid technology has moved a good deal closer to achieving overall efficiency for the full service life of the vehicle.
Nevertheless, its introduction into corporate fleets will require a system of incentives, for example from government and local authorities, at least over the first few years.
Mercedes-Benz BRT - News 2011 - ÖkoGlobe 2011
The CLS 63 AMG is rated by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency - EPA at 19 MPG (U.S miles per gallon that is). It's 3 MPG more economical than the BMW M5 rated at 16 MPG and that means that if you buy the new M5, you'll be paying $1,300 USD to Barack Obama and if you buy the CLS 63, you don't! I say that for that alone the CLS is a winner.
Anyway, I have the feeling that Mercedes-Benz is going to buy Tesla Motors in the future.
Sure, but the M5 will be the winner when it's meets a CLS at a stopping light, or in a high speed corner. I'd be happy to give my $1300 to Obama!