Mercedes to be Gas-Free by 2015

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Pssssst, don’t tell King Abdullah.

Proving that with leadership and innovation anything is possible (are your listening Detroit?) Mercedes-Benz is aiming to phase out fossil-fuel powered vehicles over the next seven years, replacing its entire lineup with autos powered by electric motors, fuel cells, and biofuels.

The company has already invested almost $4 million in its Sustainable Mobility program, and plans to invest another $14 million by 2014.

Imagine? Within 7 years, no Mercedes will need fossil fuel to zip down the highway. Call it, the seven year ditch.

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18 Responses to Mercedes to be Gas-Free by 2015

  1. Harry says:

    What will Bush and Cheney do to make money in their retirement years if the U.S. become free from our dependence on oil?

  2. DMason says:

    This is damned brilliant. Mercedes first, then maybe BMW, followed by the big three Japanese auto makers, Toyota, Honda and Nissan, and then in 25 years, followed by by GM, Ford and Chevrolet? As expensive as a Mercedes is to buy, it could end up zeroing out its price if you don’t need to run it on $5.00 a gallon gas.

  3. Josh Maxwell says:

    Great post. I will read your posts frequently. Added you to the RSS reader.

  4. I know you get the news before anyone else, but you gotta be bullsh!tting me.I wish it was true. That’s true Field like behavior!Let’s hope their serious.

  5. All this crap is moot. By the time 2015 rolls around, we’ll be waging wars for food and water, heh.

  6. R.J. says:

    This is legit news. I’m sure BMW will follow suit at about that time as well.

    I’m on board, even if I can barely afford the cheapest model.

  7. Aunt Peg says:

    I buy lottery tickets and cross my fingers.

    If I win, and I’m still kicking in 2015, don’t you worry that I will be buying a Mercedes Benz.

  8. Hopefully American car manufacturers get behind this trend. I hate to buy foreign made cars, but it is so environmentally sound not to.

  9. R.J. says:

    I have no problem buying foreign cars. Every “American” car I’ve ever owned was “Fabrique au Quebec”. If the first digit of your car’s VIN is not a 1, it’s not built in the USA.

  10. randal

    you aint kidding..

    the next big battle — potable water

    gm and ford wont build anything unless it increases profit immediately – wall st wont let them

  11. Gryphen says:

    You know I am thinking perhaps we are all thinking TOO high tech. I mean Fred Flintstone never ran out of fuel now did he?

    Just think how strong your heart would be if you peddled your ass all over town.

    Or I guess you could just peddle your ass for gas money. Just don’t get caught:http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0702081gas1.html

  12. Jim says:

    How exciting! Detroit is so behind. Gone are the days when the U.S. took a leadership role.

  13. Paul says:

    Now if only they’d make a car I could actually afford! 🙂

  14. Digital Dame says:

    Harry:

    Bush & Cheney and their ilk won’t care about making money by then. They’re so wealthy now they’ll never notice it. If they’re still alive.

  15. all of this assumes that oil prices will stay as high as they are for the long run. i would figure the u.s. and other oil hungry countries (seems like all of them nowadays) will do whatever it can to lower oil prices before making serious investments in technology to ween us off of fossil fuels. in the end, let’s see just how “charitable” these mega car corps are when oil prices eventually come down to more reasonable rates.

  16. bre101 says:

    i loved this post!

    i’m all for not needing to use gas and stuff.
    We need to keep our world clean!!

    check out my blog sometime
    http://www.bre101.wordpress.com

  17. kataztrophy says:

    “Call it, the seven year ditch.”

    *rimshot*

    If this comes to flourishion, it will be awesome. Seven years just screams confidence though. Doesn’t seem that realistic.

  18. swancky says:

    Have you seen that product that you put on your car to make it run on water almost?
    I have not seen any of these contraptions up close but have been wondering why such great news about the Mercedes switch is not all over the media.

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