MercedesBenz Enters Electric Car Market in Denmark

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Mercedes-Benz Enters Electric Car Market in Denmark

01 November, 2008 05:46:00

Mercedes-Benz is the latest in line of automakers to enter the electric car market in Denmark in response to tax brake for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.

As part of the Danish government’s recently agreed energy policy, electric and hybrid-electric cars will be tax-exempted until at least 2012, Mercedes-Benz is planning to sell electric Smart cars in Denmark .

Government’s decision has resulted in a number of electric and hybrid electric automakers announcing their intentions to move in and grab a slice of Denmark ‘s coming electric car market.

In March this year. Shai Agassi’s Better Place electric car scheme backed by Renault/Nissan and DONG Energy chose Denmark as its second global roll-out market ( Israel is the first ).

Since then, Sweden’s Saab and Volvo, France’s Aixam, USA’s Tesla Motors and China’s BYD have all announced plans to enter the Danish market with electric or hybrid-electric cars.

Now Mercedes-Benz has signalled that it is joining the fray. Their aim is to introduce an electric version of the Smart, which is already a fairly familiar sight on Danish roads in its diesel and petrol engine versions. The electric Smart is due to go into production at the end of 2009.

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Electric Smarts are currently to be seen on the streets of London and Berlin. where test projects are being carried out, especially in regard to getting battery performance to a point where the electric car can be launched commercially.

Daimler AG and RWE AG has partnered on a world’s biggest electric car pilot project in Berlin that’s testing 100 electric Smart cars on the road and a network of some 500 charging stations. An additional pilot since last year, there has been a test fleet of first-generation electric Smart fortwo cars in the British capital. successfully operated by authorities such as the police and others. The same applies for further similar projects in other metropolises around the world and also for the start of serial production of battery-powered vehicles by Mercedes-Benz and smart in 2010 .

Elsewhere in Europe, Toyota has teaming up with EDF to test plug-in hybrids in the UK and France. EDF has also formed a partnership with Renault-Nissan and PSA Peugeot Citroen to support the development and future marketing of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has also partnered with Spain to introduce electric cars in the country in the next three years.

Renault plans to introduce electric cars in Portuguese. Israeli and Danish markets in 2011 and will initially convert three of its mainstream models — the Clio, the new Fluence (Megane sedan) and Kangoo light van. Energy will be stored in lithium-ion batteries being developed in a joint venture between the Alliance and NEC. the Japanese electronics giant.

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