MUNICH -- Which green technology will power cars of the future? Whether it's full electric, hydrogen, gasoline- or diesel-electric hybrid, Mercedes-Benz aims to show in Frankfurt that it's ready for all possibilities.
The German premium carmaker has four green debuts: a plug-in electric version of its flagship S class, an electric B-class concept with a range-extending gasoline engine, a fuel cell-powered B class and an E-class diesel full hybrid.
Mercedes could even show a plug-in electric version of its new SLS AMG supercar that it will debut in Frankfurt, according to German press reports.
Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche said the automaker aims to outdo its rivals in offering green powertrains across its model range.
"None of our competitors are as well-positioned as we are across the board to fulfill customer requirements for individual and sustainable mobility," he said in a statement.
Zetsche said since the 2007 IAA in Frankfurt Mercedes has been systematically bringing fuel-saving technologies to market such as its Bluetec clean diesel line, gasoline direct-injection engines and the S 400 mild hybrid while also pushing forward with the development of electric cars.
“I am looking forward to IAA 2009 because we have been doing our homework," he said.
74 mpg S class
Mercedes will unveil in Frankfurt an S-class plug-in electric concept is called the Vision S 500 Plug-in HYBRID, which the carmaker says it plans to bring into production as soon as possible.