Hybrid Drives
History of the vehicles with hybrid drive
 
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1902
The Mercedes Simplex race car wins races
with hybrid drive and electric hub motors at
the front wheels.
 
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1969
At the IAA in Frankfurt, Daimler presents the
Mercedes-Benz OE 302 electric test bus – an early example of hybrid drive technology.
 
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1979
Launch of a five-year model trial with a total of
13 Mercedes-Benz OE 305 electric-diesel hybrid
buses in regular line service.
 
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2003
The Mercedes-Benz F 500 Mind research vehicle
is powered by a diesel engine with hybrid module.
 
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2006
The Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Sprinter 316 CDI is
Europe’s first van with hybrid technology.
 
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2007
In trial operation in late 2007: the Fuso Canter
Eco Hybrid.
 
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2008
Long since a familiar sight on the roads of
major U.S. cities: the Orion VII Hybrid city
buses.
 
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2008
The Freightliner M2e Hybrid proves highly
reliable in daily operation.
 
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2009
The logistics company DHL tests the
Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid.
 
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2009
The Mercedes-Benz Citaro BlueTec Hybrid, a
serial diesel hybrid bus for everyday operation.
 
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2009
The Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID, the first
production car with lithium-ion battery.
 
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2011
The 1,000th Freightliner hybrid commercial
vehicle leaves the production line in February
in the United States.
 
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2011
The first 50 Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec
Hybrid trucks are delivered to customers in
Germany.
 
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2013
The third hybrid model of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, sets new benchmarks with regard to efficiency as well as drive-system and climate comfort.
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