Mercedes discontinues PHEV technology

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Stuttgart-based company Mercedes-Benz will eliminate PHEV C-Class, GLC, and GLE-Class models from the market in efforts to launch new, next-generation replacements, which are due in 2019, according to Autocar.

PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) are hybrid electric vehicles whose battery can be recharged by plugging it into an external source of electric power as well by its onboard engine and generator.

Demand for hybrid Mercedes models has grown substantially in recent years. Mercedes’ top-selling PHEV in Britain is the electrified C-Class. Last year, PHEVs accounted for 9.2% of C-Class saloon sales and 14.2% C-Class estate sales, based on the firm’s data.

The departing PHEV models are being replaced with EQ-branded models that feature Mercedes’ nine-speed transmission and an electric motor all in one unit. The electric portion has been upgraded to produce 121 horsepower and a whopping 325 pound-feet of torque in addition to whatever the gasoline engine does.

Additionally, the new system guarantees both considerably longer range in pure electric mode (up to 31 miles, or about 10 miles more) as well as a slightly faster top 87MPH top speed.

In an effort to compete with advanced hybrids from Japan and Sweden, the company’s strategies demonstrate an extensive plan to cultivate the entire vehicle lineup into a more efficient product.