DaimlerChrysler is advancing the introduction of BLUETEC diesel engine emissions reduction technology in Europe with a BLUETEC E300 to be available as early as December of this year. The company will also offer its micro-hybrid version of the smart fortwo (earlier post) beginning in October.
Dr. Thomas Weber, the Board Member of DaimlerChrysler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes Car Group Development, announced the advancement of the introduction of BLUETEC and the launch of the smart hybrid during the presentation of the latest DaimlerChrysler Sustainability Report.
Unless we want to satisfy our present-day needs at the expense of future generations, we need to act not only with environmental, but also with economic and social responsibility. Both products [the E300 BLUETEC and the smart micro hybrid] are precursor[s] of a series of specially low-emission vehicles to come.—Dr. Weber
According to the report, DaimlerChrysler reduced CO2 emissions in production by 8.5% in 2006 in comparison with the previous year. In addition, further advances were made in terms of engine-related improvements through the introduction of new technologies such as direct gasoline injection and piezo injectors in diesel engines.
There are still plenty of avenues left to explore. This is why our research and development work is mainly focused on further optimization of the internal combustion engine, besides the development of alternative power trains. Our goal is to make the petrol engine as efficient as the diesel and the diesel as clean as the petrol engine.—Prof. Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research and Advanced Engineering Body and Powertrain as well as Chief Environmental Officer at DaimlerChrysler
All coming DaimlerChrysler vehicles will be developed with a hybridization option.