Mike Stevens | Sep 3, 2009

THE BLUEZERO E-CELL was first revealed at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, the concept's 17.5kWh lithium-ion battery and electric motor paired with a range-extending 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the Smart Fortwo.

Today, Mercedes has announced that a new version of the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS will be shown at Frankfurt this month.

The lithium-ion battery's charge capacity has been boosted to 20kW, giving the electric motor an output of 100kw and 320Nm of torque.

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Mercedes claims the electric motor alone is capable of sending the front-wheel-drive hybrid Merc to 100km/h in "under 11 seconds".

Range for the electric motor is rated at 100km on a single charge. The range-extending 50kW petrol engine increases that distance to around 600km.

Interestingly, for those needing to get home but without time for a full re-charge, the lithium-ion battery can store enough power from a 30 minute recharge to travel 50km.

The BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS employs a unique sandwich floor architecture, introduced ten years ago in the A-Class and later used in the development of the B-Class.

A production version of the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS is expected to follow, however Mercedes-Benz has not offered a time-frame for its launch.

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