Mercedes-Benz Plans 10 New Plug-In Hybrids By 2017
"Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on the road to the local emission-free future of the automobile," stated Prof Dr Thomas Weber, a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Dr. Weber is also responsible for Daimler's Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
Can it be any more explicit than that? To put their money where their mouth is, the German premium carmaker announced that is plans to introduce ten plug-in hybrid models between now and 2017, an average of one every four months: a phenomenal product role schedule, which started with the S 500, followed this month by the C 350 e.
Mercedes notes plug-in hybrid technology "comes into its own especially in larger vehicles and with mixed distance profiles, Mercedes-Benz is opting for this drive concept from the C-Class upwards, which means that this key technology will make its entry soon into the SUV segment with the new Mercedes-Benz GLE," states a recent press release.
One of the more interesting plug-in concepts that could see production in the future is the Vision e Concept minivan, pictured above, which Daimler debuted at this year's Geneva auto show. The company estimates the V-class vehicle would use "highly efficient" twin power sources that combines a spark ignition engine with an electric motor for an output of 245 kW (333 hp) and torque of 600 Nm. States Daimler:
This guarantees sporty performance – with a standard consumption of less than 3.0 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. An all-electric range of up to 50 kilometres turns day-to-day short-distance driving into an enjoyable local emission-free experience. In the interior, the Concept V-ision e offers a unique feel-good atmosphere with a modern loft character.
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