Mercedes-Benz E350e Plug-In Hybrid To Launch In 2017

2 years ago by Mark Kane 17

The fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (source Autocar)

The fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (source: Autocar)

Mercedes-Benz C350e

Mercedes-Benz C350e

The fifth generation of the Mercedes-Benz E350 is to be launched around mid-2016 with a plug-in hybrid E350e version to follow probably in 2017.

Mercedes-Benz E350e is to be equipped with 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and, as in case of Daimler’s other plug-in hybrids, will have only about 20 miles of all-electric range.

20 miles of AER under the optimistic NEDC, of course.  That works out to just about ~12 miles in the real world.

One year ago, Daimler announced 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017:

Range of electric and plug-in hybrid cars from Daimler:

Source: Autocar

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17 responses to "Mercedes-Benz E350e Plug-In Hybrid To Launch In 2017"

  1. Michael says:

    I expect that owners experiencing the short all-electric range of the new Mercedes cars will soon be wanting much more.

    Mercedes needs to offer a long range electric by the time a typical lease of this new vehicle ends, or they will lose a lot of customers to Tesla.

    1. Lou Grinzo says:

      I respectfully disagree, Michael.

      I expect that the overwhelming majority of people who buy an MB PHEV won’t bother plugging it in after the first couple of weeks of ownership. And their “ownership experience” won’t be influenced by that fact or the short AER.

      This is why I keep saying that not all PHEVs are equal in terms of real world usage. Someone with one of the Energi Fords, with the same AER as the MB above, would be far more likely to plug it in nightly 6 months, 12 months, and longer, after buying it.

      1. MikeM says:

        I suspect we are talking about a demographic that would quickly accept an at-home wireless charging solution.
        What’s a couple of thousand dollars extra, anyway?
        Even 3.3 kW seems likely fast enough for charging a small-battery PHEV.
        Park and forget seems quite appealing the more I write about it (Except for the $2k extra. And yes, I know: 80-85% eff. etc).

      2. Mikael says:

        Wireless charging…

        Why plug it in when you can just park it normally.

        But even with a plug there will be lots of owners plugging in, even rich people are cheap (and for some it’s the reason why they became rich) and many of them are also environmentally aware.

        1. Djoni says:

          And some of them will leave plug in duty to the chauffer, vallet parking or butler.
          Rich is rich.

          1. Robb Stark says:

            We are talking about an E-Class not a Mayback.

            This is upper middle class or urban lower upper class.

      3. Rich says:

        Agreed. This feels more like a green washing effort rather than a product to entice transition to BEVs, but that’s OK. If they fail as a company, some other car manufacturer will take their place. Tesla needs a few more manufacturing plants.

        1. EVcarNut says:

          Yea, No More Benzing 0ver…….

    2. no comment says:

      i think that you are incorrect. the first mistake that ev enthusiasts make is that they get wrapped up in the technology of it all when the vast majority of auto buyers don’t. a benzo is a smooth driving automobile, so the smooth operation of the electric drive is less noticeable. that said, i suspect that the cadillac ct6 has more seamless integration between the electric and ice drive trains than is the case with the benzo because i don’t get the impression that daimler’s phev technology is as advanced as that of gm’s.

      no, the vast majority of people are not going to care greatly about idiot features like “insane mode” or “ludicrous mode”.

      the reason, in my view, that low range phev’s have value in europe is because they can save you money in taxes and operating fees. for example, if you bought a benzo s-class, you would pay a co2 fee annually and possibly congestion charges when driving it. by contrast, you can avoid all of those charges in a benzo phev s-class.

      1. michael says:

        By the way, “benzo” sounds like a clown car to me. Something a Shriner would drive on Thanksgiving. But that’s just my opinion.

        I’m actually quite curious about where you live, if this is regional slang for the brand, or if this is just your own reference.

  2. R.S says:

    Another “around 10 mile” PHEV. I want to know who got the idea that 10 miles would be sufficient? The rest of the time, you are driving a useless battery and motor around.
    Of course you can recuperate, but is it really worth paying that much more, just to get a regular hybrid most of the time?

    1. Rich says:

      Who likes the idea of car manufacturers dragging their feet with 10 mile AER cars? I can think of a few. Exxon, Shell, etc.

    2. Bruce says:

      I think we are misreading these offerings as EVs. Ten miles is a pitiful AER and makes plugging the vehicle in really not worth the effort, leaving it in the same arena as a Prius – simply a fuel efficient ICE.

      Like a good politician, these car makers don’t miss an opportinuty to appy spin to their marketing so it’s up to us, as consumers, to unpack and disacard the nonsense.

  3. Speculawyer says:

    European compliance car.

    1. Rich says:

      +1 Exactly

    2. AK says:

      yes and a technology test fleet. this allows them to valid parts and subsystems in a relatively low volume setting. Auto makers are nothing if not slow and conservative.

  4. SJC says:

    FFV hybrids are a good way to reduce oil consumption. The Volt can be adjusted to run E85, it is just a program change.