Mercedes To Expand Plug-In Hybrid Range To 10 Models By End Of This Year

2019 will be the ‘year of the plug-in hybrid’ for Mercedes, as it gears up for the launch of 10 EQ-branded electrified models by the end of the year.

Models like the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class are already offered with an electrified powertrain, which in the case of the C-Class and E-Class is combined with both petrol and diesel engines.

The German automaker will expand its plug-in hybrid model range with the GLC and GLE SUVs, as well as the PHEV version of the A-Class, which will combine the 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol with a 90hp electric motor, according to Autocar. The same powertrain will be offered on the B-Class and the upcoming GLB SUV.

Mercedes plans to have the entire range electrified by 2022. Its models will be divided into three separate categories: the EQ Boost 48V mild hybrids, the EQ Power plug-in hybrids and the all-electric EQ range.

Plug-in hybrids are important for Mercedes as they will help showcase the benefits of a fully electric car to customers by being able to travel on electric power alone for short journeys.

Claus Ehlers, Mercedes’ powertrain strategy boss, says that the uncertainty over the speed of EV uptake in the market means that internal combustion engine powered cars will still play a major role in the future.

Mercedes expects electric vehicles and PHEVs combined to account for around 40 percent of its total sales by 2025. Depending on the EV take rate, the German manufacturer estimates that all-electric models will account for between 15 and 25 percent of its total sales by then.

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  • Kagan

    Blah blah

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    Well its not unrealistic, in some markeds in europe they are down at 110-115 g/km, and if the other european countries look how norway has dunne it it can be dunne, btw in norway they will bann Ice cars from 2025, i hope they dont do, but thats what they want.

    • Christian Wimmer

      It’s unrealistic given that Mercedes, BMW, Audi etc. sell a lot of powerful and heavy cars. Manufacturers like Renault, Fiat, Citroen etc. have an easier time since they tend to sell less powerful, smaller and lighter cars.

      In Norway your government really pushes EVs with free parking, free charging, use of the taxi/bus lanes etc. – correct? In my country our government has done nothing to push EVs, and most people don’t want one because the range is low and there are no charging capabilities in most homes or on the street.

      I am not opposed to owning an electric car eventually, but not until they have longer legs (range) and quick charging times. I drive a lot and time is of essence in my job. An electric car, with short range and long charging times is not appealing to me. 🙂

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