On our way towards electric mobility

We are using a three-pronged approach on our road to emission-free driving: First of all we are working continuously on optimising the classic internal combustion engine because it will continue to be the backbone of mobility. But we also keep advancing the hybridisation of our vehicle fleet on our path to all-electric mobility.

The concept of the plug-in hybrid, which combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor, offers our customers the best of two worlds, makes use of the existing infrastructure and leads them step by step to all-electric mobility. Thirdly, we keep expanding our fleet of electric vehicles with fuel cell and all-electric powertrains. The future is already driven by electric power today: for example, in our smart electric drive or the A-Class E-CELL.

We are on course with this strategy: We have consistently lowered our vehicles' fuel consumption and emissions. For instance, our new passenger cars in Europe averaged CO2 emissions of 129 grams per kilometre in 2014: This means we have cut our CO2 emissions effectively by half since 1995. We are sharply expanding our line-up of plug-in hybrids and will have ten such models on the market by 2017. Our trucks and buses also increasingly rely on the combination of the two worlds - for example, the FUSO Canter Eco Hybrid and the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid. With our Global Hybrid Centre in Japan, FUSO is making substantial contributions to the development of hybrid technology in the transport business at Daimler Trucks. We will continue to pursue our path toward fully emission-free mobility with batteries or fuel cells in the long run. We already have nine all-electric vehicle models on the road today.

Reducing fuel consumption and emissions with efficient powertrains is a crucial step towards emission-free mobility. Aerodynamics and lightweight construction further contribute to our vehicles delivering a lot of performance while consuming little fuel. But efficiency means more than just an economical vehicle. Maintenance and repair costs and even the service life of a vehicle are factors in whether it all adds up for our customers. The more a vehicle stands not just for personal mobility but also becomes a work tool, the more important this becomes. This applies to our commercial vehicles, for example, which ultimately know just one key performance indicator: total cost of ownership.

Learn more about our activities regarding efficiency in this special.

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