Author - karlyn

MERCEDES is going green … Electric Vehicles coming 2020

Daimler has set its sights on introducing at least four Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle models going to 2020.  Telsa  Motors and other manufacturers  of Electric Vehicles pushing Daimler to jump into the game. Based on the lessons learned by Tesla Motors from Tesla’s Model S, the high cost of the development, parts and production of standalone electric vehicles do not make it very profitable at volumes under 50,000 units annually in the first generation, even in more costly vehicles.

According  to UK’s  Autocar, Daimler board member and head of its Research and Development Thomas Weber made the announcement after the German government revealed that it will begin offering sales subsidies on all electrical vehicles costing under $60,000

Based on an insider information, the plan includes two electric saloons and two SUV models. The electric cars and SUVs will basically follow the design of their petrol-fed and diesel-powered base models. However, the EVs will reflect a minor unique element in their designs in order for them to be easily recognizable as zero-emission autos.

The fruition of the program will put Mercedes-Benz as a direct competition of Tesla Motors. The article also noted that it is in response to Audi’s announcement that it will be offering a production version of its e-tron quattro concept in 2018.

Although there are no other details available as of yet about the models included in the electric vehicle offensive of Mercedes, the statement of Weber hinted that the EV cars will come from the C-Class and S-Class. On the other hand, the EV SUV models will probably be offered under the GLA and GLC range.


Mercedes-Benz GLC EV

Our Wheels Help Win Competition!

OEM WHEEL PLUS sells a Replica Wheel that Mercedes enthusiast love. Mr. Parker an OEM Wheel Customer sent us a thank you with this message:

“Here’s a few photo’s over the last couple of years of my 2007 Mercedes SLK350 that I told you about. I ordered these 19 Mercedes inch wheels from you after I started entering Fastdawg in cars shows. It’s done well since the change over and has won 23 awards in limited showings. The wheels has allowed me to complete with Vettes, Mustangs, Camaro’s, and Mopars at local shows, it gives the car a better profile. The old Alloy (silver) just didn’t give the car much of a side presence. Can’t say that now. The picture with the trophies show less than the 23 but it was an earlier picture. The car also has won ‘s Ride of the month (February 2014) since the switch over for the world. The car is known world wide as “Fastdawg” and is generally a big hit at shows as few people see SLK’s running around. The chrome wheels were everything I wanted them to be and enable me to complete against the classics. I look forward to my new wheels for my 2005 E500 4matic. By the way, it’s white too and called Snowball! :)”


Bob Parker

Hub Centric Wheels vs Lug centric wheel

Don’t settle for just lug centric wheels!

A hub centric wheel is predominantly found in the OEM market, where as a lug centric wheel is most commonly found in the aftermarket sector. Fortunately for you as a customer of OEM Wheel Plus we have genuine hub centric wheels or the proper spacers to turn your hazardous lug centric wheels into hub centric wheels that inspire confidence and control as you lay down many miles in your prized ride for years to come. Here at OEM Wheel Plus we understand the importance of a customer’s need for unwavering safety and dedicated reliance on a product that is certified to withstand the harshness and punishment of a diverse plethora of road conditions you may face. The more respective and trustworthy wheel retailers don’t ignore their customers’ needs to properly turn their dangerous lug centric wheels into safe, reliable hub centric wheels that make your ride glide down the pavement with no disruptions. This is a hallmark trait of OEM Wheel Plus to take care of our customer’s concerns regarding safety and to provide the necessary equipment to promote safety by allowing your wheels that you purchase from us to be fitted one hundred percent correctly. The reason for this distinction of market sectors mentioned above is because OEM wheels are designed specifically for a precision wheel hub to mounting plate relationship that creates a precise fit to the car under a wheel to axle relationship that is reliant on the lug nuts to stop lateral forces from pushing the wheels off during driving. The lugs hold the wheel to the mounting plate on the car and with a hub centric wheel the size of the wheel hub perfectly marries up with the axle with no gaps that cause the wheel to “float” upon mounting of it. On a hub centric wheel the wheel to axle relationship takes care of the massive forces exerted in an upward and downward direction, while again the lugs stop lateral movement of the wheel that could cause catastrophic failure under that kind of load in that specific direction.

This tight relationship of wheel to axle fitment on the mounting plate is not present with a lug centric wheel. With a wheel that is designated to be lug centric is going to be most commonly a wheel that is targeted by aftermarket companies, where the wheel needs to fit a wide range of vehicle models and makes to effectively target a large market with a narrower range of wheel designs. If the wheel hub that is produced by the aftermarket manufacture is too small then a proper axle fitment will be absolutely impossible. This is where the center bore diameter most likely won’t allow this lug centric wheel to perfectly have a snug fit to the axle of the car that a hub centric wheel has. This is because aftermarket companies are producing a wheel with a center bore that is large enough to allow the wheel to be fitted to a wide range of vehicle models. This can be achieved by applying the proper hub centric spacers that have varying inside or outside diameters that drop into the wheel’s hub effectively changing the center bore the correct value to ensure a proper, snug fitment to the mounting plate that surrounds the axle of the respective vehicle. With a hub centric wheel the center bore is engineered to have a perfect fit to the axle of the specified vehicle that the factory car company is producing so hub centric type spacers are not necessary for a proper fitment of the wheel to the mounting plate that allows the wheel to marry up with the axle of the vehicle perfectly. People will sometimes try and rationalize that they do not in fact need to utilize hub centric type spacers to transform their usually aftermarket lug centric wheel to a wheel that is now characterized as being fully hub centric. People will say that if you use special lug nuts that are cone type which are supposed to be self-centering then you can get away with using a wheel that is strictly lug centric. This however is not the case because even if you are using cone type, self-centering lug nuts the wheel that is lug centric will still have free play for movement against the mounting plate, which will cause significant vibrations to be felt while rolling down the road. Not only will the uncomfortable vibrations become noticeably obnoxious, but also eventually your lug studs will become warped over time. This is because the lug nuts are designed to prevent lateral forces from ripping your wheel off. The lug nuts do a great job at ensuring this, but what they can’t help with is a longitudinal shearing force that is now being enacted upon your wheels as a result of there being free play and enough movement in a upward and downward motion to cause the insidious vibrations that could actually shear your lug studs off leading to a potentially fatal, catastrophic failure of your precious vehicle that trust and depend with your life everyday. It doesn’t matter that you used conical type, self-centering lug nuts, lug nuts are lug nuts and therefore they only are designed to handle forces acting in one direction not multiple that would be present because you failed to turn your typically aftermarket lug centric wheel into a hub centric that guarantees a seamless fitment to the mounting plate allowing no free play longitudinally to evoke shearing forces that are perpendicular or ninety degrees offset of the direction that all lug nuts are only designed to handle. The simple beauty about hub centric wheel spacers is that any problematic lug centric wheels can be remedied and converted into wheels that are classified as hub centric allowing for the smoothest and safest ride to be achieved. There is simply no excuse for buying aftermarket wheels and keeping them in lug centric form that compromises your safety and ride stability. It is never too late to fully enjoy and appreciate our premium quality rims here at OEM Wheel Plus that exudes an unfaltering dedication to the finest details and craftsmanship. Our quality rims either are designed right off the bat to be hub centric like our line of Mercedes Benz OEM replica rims or if you purchase another type of precision crafted rim from us that is lug centric initially for universal fitment purposes. We will be more than willing to promise that you as the customer receive the proper hub centric wheel spacers to keep your ride rolling in the most elegant manner conceivable!