With breakthroughs in thermal management and system integration, Daimler AG expects to take the checkered flag next year in the race to develop the first production hybrid-electric vehicle sporting a lithium-ion battery. Set to debut in the ’09 Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHybrid sedan, the technology is a critical achievement towards meeting ever-stringent emissions standards around the globe. “What we have here is a groundbreaking key technology that is going to be a decisive factor for the ...

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