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Mercedes Halts Production of Petro-powered Cars by 2015

Posted Oct 10 2008 2:10pm
I found an article on EcoGeek.org that talks about how Mercedes Benz plans to remove petro-powered cars from their line up by 2015. According to the source, they plan to focus their research on electric, fuel cells and biofuels. About $4 million dollars have been spent on the project to date, with a plan to spend an additional $1.4 billion by 2014. I don't know about the rest of you but this sounds like a crock to me!

Trust me, I am completely for the reduction in the use of fossil fuels, but how could this be? The year 2015 is only 6 1/2 years away - that would be a monumental achievement. Is there a plan to modify gas stations to biofuel hubs within this time frame that I haven't heard of? Why hasn't this announcement been on the front cover of every major newspaper and newscast in the country? A brief visit to the MB website indicates nothing about any of this or their "sustainable mobility" plan as quoted in EcoGeek. I am highly skeptical.

Some truths are mentioned however. Many automakers are looking to unveil their environmentally friendly vehicles in the year 2010, leaving us with little to choose from today. Just attempt to locate a new hybrid vehicle to purchase. Its akin to discovering the lost city of Atlantis. There are a few "clean diesels" hitting the market, i.e. the VWs and Mercedes Bluetec Vehicles. However, I am leery about purchasing the first model in a new series because it usually takes automakers a year or two to work out "the bugs", based on personal experience.

The bottom line: Don't believe everything in print. And hang onto your old car until 2010 if you can.
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