The BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS gets the same 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Fortwo as an additional range extender - just like the Chevy Volt. The three-cylinder powerplant that has an output of 50 kW can recharge the 17.5-kWh lithium-ion battery by means of a similarly rated alternator. A range of up to 370 miles is possible on a single tank. The purely electrical, locally emission-free range is up to 120 miles.
The third variant of the BlueZERO concept is the F-CELL with a fuel-cell drive system offering a range of well over 248 miles with zero emissions.
All three BlueZERO models feature front-wheel drive and according to Merc, they all accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 11 seconds while their top speed is electronically limited to 93 mph in the interests of optimal range and energy efficiency.
Measuring 4.22 meters in length, 1.89 m in width and 1.59 m in height, the BlueZERO models can accommodate five passengers and a payload of around 450 kg (992) lbs with a luggage compartment capacity of over 500 liters.