Plug-in hybrids have been making regular good points in EV range as battery and motor tech improves. To that finish, Mercedes-Benz’s latest plug-in hybrid could sport some spectacular electric-only range.
The Automotive News reports, citing an interview with Ola Källenius, head of Mercedes-Benz R&D and the .plug-in hybrid is aiming for a 62-mile (100-kilometer) EV range,
It could be the primary combustion-engine car to supply such a range — most automobiles, together with Mercedes-Benz’s present PHEVs, goal a 31-mile (50-km) range, which is the minimal required to rely towards an upcoming EV-credit program in China, presently the market hungriest for electrified automobiles.
Don’t get too hung up on that single quantity, although. Källenius advised Automotive News that this range estimate is by Europe’s new WLTP testing standard. While it is nearer to the figures that the EPA places collectively within the US, there’s nonetheless a disparity between the 2, with EPA measurements normally coming in beneath WLTP estimates. But nonetheless, even when the EPA-estimated range is 50 miles, it is nonetheless a commendable determine.
It would possibly maintain the crown when it goes on sale, however that reign might not final very lengthy. As Automotive News notes, BMW is engaged on a 100-km system for its plug-in hybrids, as properly, and it is anticipated to debut earlier than 2020. There’s additionally the matter of the , a 600-plus-horsepower PHEV that it believed to have a range nearer to 90 miles. But with a MSRP of $155,000, it is not precisely on the identical enjoying subject (and even enjoying the identical sport) because the GLE.
Some GLE-Class variants that are not plug-in hybrids will nonetheless profit from electrification. When the 2020 GLE-Class debuted, Mercedes-Benz introduced that the GLE350 4Matic will wield its new EQ Boost 48-volt gentle hybrid system, which improves each efficiency and effectivity, relying on the way it’s used. The new Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is predicted to go on sale subsequent yr.
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