In any case, Daimler is at the forefront when it comes to it it's about developing the car of the future. While the group is now relying on hybrid drives in series production and even brings the S-Class to eco-emissions of just three liters, an electric test fleet of the Smart is rolling through large cities to gain practical experience.
Renault has Daimler teamed up to start series production of the electric smart soon. And Zetsche also made sure that an electric smart becomes the car of choice. At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Daimler just showed the open Smart Forspeed, which dispenses with side and windshields and promises pure outdoor enjoyment Pioneer Tesla and, together with the Evonik Group, is researching next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Daimler has also allied itself with the Chinese battery specialist BYD in order to develop an electric car for the local market.
Despite the trend towards electric drive, Daimler continues to research fuel cells than Drive firmly. The fuel cell is currently being subjected to an extreme endurance test around the world. The B-Class models cover 30,000 km on their 125-day tour through three continents. The aim is to prove the stability and the suitability of the new technology for everyday use. auto motor und sport accompanies the test and reports live on its website.
Many will be interested in what Zetsche will be the keynote speaker at the auto motor und sport congress will say about the first results of the test about the future of automotive and mobility.
Dieter Zetsche has been Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler since January 1, 2006. Previously, Zetsche headed the crisis-ridden Chrysler Group from 2000 to 2005, then took over the management of Mercedes for four months before moving to the top of the group.
Zetsche was born on May 5, 1953 in Istanbul, but grew up in Hesse. After graduating from high school in 1971, Zetsche studied electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. From 1976 he worked in the research department at Daimler. In 1982 he obtained his doctorate in engineering from the Technical University of Ulm.
In the Daimler Group, Zetsche worked, among other things, for the commercial vehicle division, at Mercedes Benz Brazil, where he was promoted to head of the development department, and as President of Mercedes Benz Argentina. In 1992, Zetsche was promoted to the Board of Management of Mercedes Benz AG.