Mercedes AMG to retrofit all its models’ line-up into plug-in hybrid versions in the future. This step is been taken for a major push of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology undertaken by Mercedes. The first AMG PHEVs will launch in 2020.
Plug-in hybrid By Mercedes
It’s GBP 9 billion electrification programme to reduce the vehicular pollution in the country. The first AMG PHEVs will launch in 2020.
Currently, the company is having mild-hybrid models on offer which includes CLS 53 and E53. Mercedes EQ with 48V starter/generator can give extra 22hp and 250Nm of torque.
“All the AMG vehicles will be available in the future with plug-in hybrids as an option,” said Mercedes head of external affairs for emissions, Frank Overmeyer. “Mild hybrid is not the strategy of AMG, because the emissions savings are too small.”
PHEV Will Launch By The End Of 2020
Mercedes presently provides PHEV variants of the C-class, E-class, and S-class under the EQ Power badge, with GLC and GLE versions which will be coming soon. The company will launch PHEV variants by the end of 2020.
It uses an electric motor that produces 123hp and 441Nm of torque which gives 50km of electric-only range. The next S-class will have more range that gives 100km of zero-emission power.
“The battery itself and the application, including the electric motor, will be the same, and you can have a significant boost (in performance) that will reduce the range, but the experience will be better,” said Overmeyer.
EQ Power+ and Formula 1 car versions
“Same battery, same drivetrain, different application. In an SUV, it might offer 100km. It might only be 60km or 70km in an AMG.”Mercedes AMG vehicles will use the branded EQ Power+ and Formula 1 car versions to have extra results.
“They are the technical icons of our brand,” he said. High-performance AMG models will be an important part of Mercedes line-up.
“We should also never forget that the new world, electric vehicles, needs to be funded, and it’s being funded by our existing high-profit vehicles.”
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