World's first car maker goes electric

Daimler AG has sent its last generation of combustion engines to the market for now. The company, known for models like Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class as well as a range of trucks, will exclusively develop drive units for electric models in the future.

The combustion engine commercialized for personal transport with Benz Patent-Motorwagen has been worth its own weight in gold. Now the company behind it switches to electric. | Photo: Richard Chung/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The manufacturer behind the world's first serially produced "car", Benz Patent-Motorwagen from 1885, is now dropping internal combustion engines entirely.

When Benz & Cie sent the car to market, the two-stroke piston engine was revolutionizing.

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