Mercedes to launch lithium-ion hybrid in 2009


FRANKFURT, Feb 29 (Reuters) - Daimler's luxury brand, Mercedes-Benz, will launch an S-Class hybrid equipped with a lithium-ion battery next year in what Daimler said on Friday was a crucial technological breakthrough. "The Stuttgart-based automaker is the world's first manufacturer to have succeeded in adapting lithium-ion technology to the demanding requirements of automotive applications," it said in a statement. The main advantages of the newly developed lithium-ion battery are its ...

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