As part of their two-day visit to Germany, H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco and H.S.H. Princess Charlène today toured the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. During an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition the princely couple was able to experience a unique journey through time, from the very beginnings of automotive industry and on into the future. H.S.H Prince Albert II, himself the owner of a superb collection of classic and young classic cars, was clearly delighted to see the Museum's unique and comprehensive display of more than 125 years of automotive history. As well as admiring the fascinating collection of classic cars bearing the three-pointed star, the Prince showed a particular interest in the research and development work undertaken by Mercedes-Benz in the field of sustainable mobility.
"We are very honoured that Prince Albert II and his wife visited the Mercedes-Benz Museum during their first official visit to Germany and have taken the opportunity to find out more about our road to emission-free mobility", commented Dr Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing.
The Prince and the Princess have a keen interest in issues around environmental protection, sustainability and renewable forms of energy. The exhibition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, as a place of innovation, not only demonstrates the fascinating history of the Mercedes-Benz brand, but also offers some revealing glimpses into future mobility. The newly designed exhibition room Legend 6 "New Start - The Road to Emission-free Mobility" presents the different drive-system variants - from the optimised internal combustion engine through electric and hybrid drive systems to the fuel cell.
In late 2009 Prince Albert II was able to test the fuel cell-powered Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL and the smart fortwo electric drive for himself on the streets of Monaco.