Mercedes relies on electric power rather than synthetic fuels

Der Mercedes-Benz EQC trägt an Vorder- und Hinterachse je einen kompakten elektrischen Antriebsstrang (eATS) und hat damit die Fahreigenschaften eines Allradantriebs. Die intelligent Steuerung erlaubt über einen weiten Betriebsbereich eine dynamische Momentenverteilung zwischen den beiden angetriebenen Achsen und schafft so die Voraussetzungen für hohe Fahrdynamik. Kernstück des Mercedes-Benz EQC ist die im Fahrzeugboden angeordnete Lithium-Ionen-Batterie aus eigener Produktion. // The EQC has a compact electric powerpack at each axle, giving the vehicle the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive. Over a wide operating range, the intelligent control allows dynamic torque distribution between the two driven axles, creating the conditions for high vehicle dynamics. The centerpiece of the Mercedes-Benz EQC is the lithium-ion battery from in-house production housed in the vehicle floor.

To replace the consumption of fossil fuels, some manufacturers have considered the use of synthetic fuels. But Mercedes does not seem convinced by this idea and favors electricity.

The use of fossil fuels in our cars is a problem in terms of ecology and resource depletion. Then arise alternative solutions, such as electric motors, to name a few. Synthetic fuels may also be a possible option, except for Mercedes.

A few weeks ago, McLaren announced its interest in this type of fuel for the future of its sports cars, rather than a fully electric engine. With reservations, however, about the viability of this choice, whose technology is still being studied in Woking, but also at Volkswagen or Mazda. Because if synthetic gasoline would show half the emissions from the exhaust after a few rare tests on benches, making liquefied coal or various rocks would prove to be more expensive.

Mercedes favors electric mobility

On the Stuttgart side, the synfuel (contraction for Synthetic Fuel) will not see the light of day for ten years under a hood decorated with the Star. This is what Markus Schäfer, the head of the research and development department at Mercedes says: “We have decided that our path will be electric first. When we develop new platforms, we think of electricity. If you have abundant energy, the best use is to put it directly in a battery. ”

Schäfer to continue: “If there were more clean energy available, then the first customers would likely be in the aeronautics industry. Far, much later, and I don’t see that in the next 10 years, will come the automotive industry. “

The brand should therefore keep its roadmap started with the Mercedes EQC before considering using an alternative technology for thermal engines.


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