Mercedes takes on the Tesla Powerwall with a new battery for buildings

April 25, 2017 by  
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Tesla’s Powerwall has reigned supreme in home energy storage , but now they’ve got some competition from Mercedes-Benz . Last year, Daimler , parent company of Mercedes-Benz, announced that they had started developing their own brand of home energy storage units. Now the company confirmed they are beginning to deliver the units to businesses and homes in Germany . Mercedes incorporated the same lithium-ion battery technology from their hybrid cars in the new home energy storage units. Each unit has an energy content of 2.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh), and a system can be scaled up to include eight modules for a total of 20 kWh. The units come with a 10-year warranty , the same as the Tesla Powerwall , though Powerwalls come with the option to store more energy with a capacity of 13.5 kWh. Related: BMW, Daimler, Ford, and VW are planning an electric vehicle superhighway in Europe Similar to a Powerwall, Mercedes’ battery storage units store excess energy gathered by solar panels for use during peak hours or at night. According to Daimler , homeowners using their system can increase renewable energy use by as much as 65 percent. Daimler aims to expand throughout Europe and start selling the units in the United States this year. Mercedes is already developing three industrial-scale projects to provide reliability to the grid in Germany; one project includes 29 megawatt-hours of storage capacity. Mercedes is also offering a package for homeowners that comes with the battery storage unit, solar panels, an inverter, and an energy management system. The whole package, including installation, costs around $10,000. One 14 kWh Tesla Powerwall costs $5,500 ; with supporting hardware the total estimate is $6,200. Installation costs between $800 and $2,000. That doesn’t include a solar power system. Head of Development Electrics/Electronics and E-Drive for Mercedes-Benz Harald Kröger said in a statement, “We are convinced we can offer our customers an attractive product at a competitive price.” Via Treehugger Images via Mercedes-Benz and Daimler

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BMW, Daimler, Ford, and VW are planning an electric vehicle superhighway in Europe

November 30, 2016 by  
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Four major automakers recently announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. While electric cars like the new Chevy Bolt are curing some of the range anxiety issues that plagued earlier EVs, there’s still one other issue – charging times. Today it takes about 30 minutes to almost fully charge some electric cars, but BMW , Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen have announced a new partnership that will dramatically cut down that time. The goal for the charging network is to quickly build a sizable number of stations in order to enable long-range travel for electric vehicles, which will make them even more desirable. The idea of a charging network isn’t entirely new, since Tesla and Chargepoint have built similar networks in the U.S., but the big news is how much power these chargers will pack. Related: VW’s new electric car goes further and costs less than the Tesla 3 or Chevy Bolt Today’s DC Fast Chargers max out at 50 kW of power, which can charge an electric car’s battery up to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes. The new chargers that will comprise this new partnership will pack up to seven times more power at 350 kW, which will significantly drop the amount of time it takes to recharge an electric car to around 10 minutes. The first chargers will arrive in 2017, with an initial target of about 400 charging sites in Europe. By 2020, the plan is to have thousands of high-powered charging points in operation. The announcement doesn’t include any networks outside Europe, like in the U.S., but this summer the White House announced that the Department of Energy is researching the feasibility of 350 kW fast chargers. + Daimler All images © Volkswagen and Daimler

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Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the world’s first all-electric big rig truck

July 29, 2016 by  
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Imagine a future where big rig trucks slide quietly down the road, powered by electricity . Tesla has been working for years to make this vision happen – but this week, Mercedes-Benz beat them to the punch. The Urban eTruck is the world’s first fully electric big rig – and it’s quiet, powerful, and has an admissible total weight of around 29 tons. The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck can only travel up to 124 miles, so it wouldn’t be ideal for the long treks truckers often make to transport goods. Instead, Daimler designed the eTruck for city transportation. A fleet of emissions-free electric trucks could significantly reduce the air pollution many cities battle. Related: This tiny shape-shifting sideways-driving car could mark the end of parallel parking The company hopes to start producing the eTruck around the “beginning of the next decade.” By that time, they hope technology and battery advances will make the eTruck even more efficient and cost-effective. Daimler board member Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard said in a press release, “Electric drive systems previously only saw extremely limited use in trucks. Nowadays costs, performance, and charging times develop further so rapidly that now there is a trend reversal in the distribution sector: the time is ripe for the electric truck.” Daimler’s Fuso Canter E-Cell “light-duty trucks” have undergone tests for a few years now. In Portugal, successful fleet trials saw the light trucks drive just over 31,000 miles in a year. According to the company, the light trucks “reduced CO2 emissions by 37 percent compared to diesel engines.” Just about a week ago, Elon Musk revealed in a blog post that his company is also working on a Tesla Semi , which they plan to unveil in 2017. Now it’s a race to see who will start producing their electric big rig first. + Mercedes-Benz Via Engadget Images via Daimler

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Eco-conscious Port Melbourne Football Club building shows off the beauty of sustainably sourced timber

July 29, 2016 by  
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The Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility is a contemporary building sensitive to its surroundings. The building’s location was informed by the requirement to preserve and protect all healthy trees on-site. Low-grade contaminated soil was reused and relocated to avoid landfill impacts. Its modern facade is reflective of its raw industrial surroundings and is constructed from double-glazed thermally broken glazing and sustainably and locally sourced timber. To minimize the building’s energy footprint, the architects installed highly efficient insulation, low-energy lighting, underground rainwater tanks for toilet cisterns and landscape irrigation, solar hot water units, exhaust systems with makeup air, and high performance mechanical supply air conditioning units. The health of the occupants was also taken into consideration. CRI Green Label Plus-certified modular carpet tiles with 90% post-consumer content backing line the rooms and is complemented with low VOC-coated timber flooring. Related: Solar-powered civic center in Australia repurposes over 80% of its original building materials “Since the completion of the Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility there have been many positive social, economic and environmental benefits for PMFC and its community,” write the architects. “The future is bright with the hope that this important piece of architecture will support the longevity of the club and inspire future generations to incorporate the highest in sustainable design initiatives.” + k20 Architecture Images via k20 Architecture

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Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 by  
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Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, and with that announcement, the automaker revealed its second PHEV: the C 350 Plug-in Hybrid. The C 350 Plug-in Hybrid follows the recent introduction of the S Class Plug-in Hybrid with sales expected to kick off this spring. With a fully-charged battery, this new vehicle can travel up to 19 miles in electric mode. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Detroit Auto Show , detroit auto show , electric motor , green car , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid , Mercedes-Benz C-Class , phev , plug-in hybrid

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Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, hydrogen-powered F 015 Luxury in Motion vehicle at CES

January 7, 2015 by  
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Interactive LED Arcade Cake is the coolest birthday cake we’ve ever seen

January 7, 2015 by  
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If you want to go above and beyond the standard birthday cake, consider following in the footsteps of Alexander Treiber, a man who baked an edible, interactive LED cake for his wife’s birthday. To let the LED lights shine through, Treiber drilled 30 holes in a chocolate cake and filled the spaces with colorless and tasty spiced chai tea and milk-flavored jello . The Arcade Cake , or ArCake for short, was then programmed to say ‘Happy Birthday’ and even operate a Jump-n-Run game that can be played using a Wii controller. You can watch a video of the amazing ArCake in action here . + Arcade Cake The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alexander Treiber , Arcade Cake , ArCake , cake is not a lie , chocolate cake , edible LED cake , interactive cake , jello , jello cake , LED cake , LED lights , LEDs , reader submitted content , WS2801

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Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

January 7, 2015 by  
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Mercedes-Benz Reveals Its Car Interior of the Future

November 19, 2014 by  
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Autonomous cars represent a future in which cars will be able to drive to your desired destination with little input beyond entering an address into the GPS system. Since drivers and the cars’ occupants will be freed from the tedious task of actually piloting their vehicles , the interiors of autonomous cars have the potential to look very different from those of today. Mercedes-Benz has just revealed its vision of the “interior of the future” at the TecDay “Autonomous Mobility” event in Sunnyvale, California. Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz Reveals Its Car Interior of the Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , autonomous car , autonomous driving , Autonomous Mobility , daimler , green car , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , self-driving car , TecDay

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New Mercedes Benz Concept Car is Powered by its Paint

November 6, 2014 by  
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There have been vehicles in the past that use a solar panel on the roof to give the car an extra boost of power, but the gorgeous Mercedes Benz  Vision G-Code takes power generation to a whole new level. The secret is the car’s paint, which is designed to generate power for the vehicle as an alternative fuel source. The Sports Utility Coupe is just a concept right now, but even if the vehicle doesn’t make it into production, the clever technology could be used to power cars in the future. Read the rest of New Mercedes Benz Concept Car is Powered by its Paint Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean energy car , mercedes benz concept car , Mercedes Benz G-Code , Mercedes Benz Paint powered car , Mercedes Benz Sports Utility Coupe , Mercedes SUC , Mercedes-Benz , paint powered car , renewable energy car , solar energy car , Sports Utility Coupe , wind energy car

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