Mercedes-Benz backs plug-in hybrids with 10 new models planned
Between now and 2017, Mercedes plans to release 10 new hybrid vehicles.
With nine hybrid models already available, ranging from the Smart fortwo through to the C 350 e, Mercedes knows a thing or two about the technology.
The C 350 e is the first of the newly announced strategy that sets the path for the future naming of their hybrids. Each of the new hybrids released will have the suffix of “e” rather than the clumsy “electric” or “hybrid” nomenclature.
Mercedes is backing hybrid technology as they believe it offers the best of both worlds. Urban driving benefits from the all-electric mode where energy savings are made in stop-start traffic. Then in country driving the combustion engine allows for the increased range requirements.
Electric motor of the C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID
Mercedes believe the hybrid technology has the greatest benefits for the larger vehicles in its fleet and as such you can expect to see an SUV in a hybrid form soon.
The C 350 e (released last month) shows the efficiencies to be gained with this technology. Mercedes reports its certified fuel consumption of just 2.1 litres per 100km, and an all-electric range of up to 31 km. These are very good figures when you consider that the total system output is 205 kW (279 hp) with a system torque of 600 Nm.
Mercedes-Benz should be commended for their contribution to the environment. The CO2 emissions for their fleet has continued to fall, and the company claims they have lowered their fleet emissions in Europe by over 40% in just two vehicle generations.
With the bold plan of 10 new hybrid models by 2017, Mercedes-Benz is set to continue reducing their carbon footprint.