30 Oct '11, 10pm

Mercedes-Benz working on carbon fiber E-Class?

The German car companies get a lot of stick from EV enthusiasts for not being more dynamic about going electric, but they are right at the front for lightweighting. Not only are VW at the forefront amongst mass market car makers for taking out weight, but at the premium end both BMW and Mercedes are breaking ground by using carbon fibre, and hopefully this will drive costs low enough for more mass market use. Nissan perhaps hope to benefit from Daimler's work on this, as part of their partnership. Again the partnership works if fuel cells are ever to catch on, as high initial cost can more easily be borne by premium cars, whilst Nissan would be glad to have a partner to improve amortisation on a fuel cell production line. I can see the German car industry warming to playing an effective part in the coming transport revolution, but in their own way, and in their own sweet t...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/10/30/benz-working-on-carb...

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