Council Lead Partner Mercedes-Benz has been working on how to build emissions-free cars for some time now. As part of that initiative, the car maker is introducing a series of 10 plug-in hybrid models designed to provide drivers with the option of emissions-free city driving without sacrificing performance.
“Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on the road to the local emissions-free future of the automobile,” said Dr. Thomas Weber, a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG who is responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Car Development. “Plug-in hybrids offer our customers the best of both worlds; in the city they can drive in all-electric mode, while on long journeys they benefit from the combustion engine’s range. In addition, hybridization makes the combustion engine more efficient and brings with it a special type of dynamic performance.”
Committed to curtailing pollution
As evidence of its commitment to curtailing pollution, the company says it has been able to cut the CO2 emissions of its vehicle fleet in Europe by more than 40% over two vehicle generations.
While Mercedes is typically thought of as a luxury car company, its plug-in hybrid technology will, the company says, be available in more affordable models. And its smartfortwo two-seater all-electric carried a base price tag of under $26,000 for its 2014 model.
The company’s intelligent modular hybrid concept is scalable in that it can be used in several model lines and body styles, in addition to right-hand and left-hand drive cars.
The first of the 10 new models in the Mercedes-Benz strategic hybrid initiative to be released was the S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, which will be followed by the C350 e. The company plans to launch the hybrid drive cars at the rate of one about every four months.