Comparison Of New Mercedes-Benz EQ Power Plug-In Hybrids

OCT 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

All three new Mercedes-Benz EQ Power models compared

Mercedes-Benz introduces a new generation of plug-in hybrids of three models signed “EQ Power”: C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, equipped with higher capacity batteries (13.5 kWh packs), 90 kW electric motor, 9G-TRONIC 9-speed hybrid transmission and depending on the version, gasoline (e) or diesel engines (de).

The upgrade from the previous generation will enable it to achieve higher all-electric range (of at least 50 km (31 miles) under NEDC) and lower average CO2 emission, which is important from a regulation standpoint after the move from NEDC to WLTP. Also, the performance across the board is slightly better – for example, the S 560 e can do 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz C 300 de

“The Mercedes-Benz C 300 de as Saloon or Estate (combined fuel consumption 1.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 42 g/km, combined electrical consumption 19.1-18.7 kWh/100 km)2 is a particularly dynamic example of third-generation plug-in-hybrid technology from Mercedes-Benz. It is combined with the highly sophisticated OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine for the first time in the C-Class. The system output is 225 kW/306 hp. The result is a vehicle that can cover a distance of up to 57 km (NEDC) on electric power alone with zero local emissions. What’s more, the combination of diesel engine and electric motor offers outstanding motoring comfort, exceptional pulling power and high efficiency thanks to the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed hybrid transmission. Delivery of the first models is scheduled for mid-2019.

Mercedes-Benz E 300 e

The Mercedes-Benz E 300 e Saloon (combined fuel consumption 2.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 45 g/km, combined electrical consumption 14.5 kWh/100 km)3 and the E 300 de Saloon and Estate (combined fuel consumption 1.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 44-41 g/km, combined electrical consumption 19.7-18.7 kWh/100 km)2 are aimed at an important target group for Mercedes-Benz’s comfortable executive cars: frequent drivers who firstly attach importance to long-distance comfort but secondly want to drive with zero emissions in inner-city areas, for example. Another advantage of the Mercedes-Benz E‑Class plug-in hybrids is a high towing capacity of up to 2100 kg if required.

Mercedes-Benz S 560 e

The Mercedes-Benz S 560 e (combined fuel consumption 2.6-2.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 59-57 g/km, combined electrical consumption 20.2-20.0 kWh/100 km)2 was the first model in which the technology of the current plug-in-hybrid generation made its debut. The modified components and the intelligent powertrain management’s new anticipatory functions give the customer enhanced electric performance and, last but not least, added convenience thanks to faster charging times. The efficiency of the 9G-TRONIC plug-in-hybrid transmission and a new lithium-ion battery in the luxury saloon are good for an all-electric range of up to 50 kilometres in the NEDC. The hybrid drive system in the S 560 e combines the 270 kW (367 hp) of the V6 petrol engine with 90 kW of EQ Power.”

The technical data for the plug-in-hybrid models at a glance:

 C 300 de2E 300 e3E 300 de2S 560 e2
Number of cylinders/arrangement/type4/in-line/diesel4/in-line/petrol4/in-line/diesel6/V/petrol
Displacement (cc)1950199119502996
Rated output of combustion engine (kW/hp at rpm)143/194 at 3800155/211 at 5500143/194 at 3800270/367 at 5500-6000
Rated torque of combustion engine (Nm at rpm)400 at 1600-2800350 at 1200-4000400 at 1600-2800500 at 1800-4500
Rated output of electric motor (kW)90909090
System output (kW/hp)225/306235/320225/306350/476
System torque (Nm)700700700700
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)5.6 (5.7)
Top speed (km/h)250250250250
Top speed, electric (km/h)over 130over 130over 130over 130
Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)1.6-1.4 (1.6-1.5)
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)42-38 (42-39)4544-4159-57
Total battery capacity (kWh)13.513.513.513.5
Combined electrical consumption (kWh/100 km)18.7 (19.1)14.518.7 (19.7)20.2-20.0
Electric range (km)up to 57 (56)50up to 54 (52)up to 50

Figures in brackets: Estate

1 Figures for electrical consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the Technical Service. The range figures are also provisional. The EC type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official figures are possible.

2 The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the “NEDC CO2 figures” according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures.

3 Figures for fuel consumption, electrical consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test method and correlated into NEDC figures. The EC type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official figures are possible.

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These combined fuel consumption numbers are not providing any useful information. They should state all electric range, consumption during all electric driving, hybrid mode during city driving (depleted battery), and diesel/gasoline consumption for outer city/highway (depleted battery). Those are the numbers to understand what consumptionto expect.

I am not really seeing how this helps MB create a compelling car. A 110hp electric motor moving that car around will be pretty anemic. Yes it will get much better mileage and that is probably a selling point outside the US where gas is expensive, but I don’t see anyone getting really excited about any on these cars.

Contrast that with the Model 3. I went to an event this week and a guy was giving rides in his new M3. People who weren’t EV owners were totally amazed and thought it was a completely new experience (much like the video of the guy Ubering in his M3). None of these PHEVs seem to have what it takes to generate much enthusiasm, though the i8 might be the exception.

More evidence that MB is so very far behind Tesla with these Euro compliance cars and really just starting to make an effort with its EQC which itself is behind Tesla in its tech.

These will be popular in Norway for sure – with about $2 a liter for gas/diesel.
There are probably sold more hybrids, then plain ICE models.
With a lot of charging options at workplaces, people can use the EV part a lot, and save money, the environment and be prepared for a pure EV the next time.

China demands 50+ km of AER for a PHEV to qualify for certain incentives. And suddenly there is 50.0001 km AER, an achievment said to be impossible during the past years by the very same managers that now made it happen. And the WLTP cycle is more demanding than NEDC. So make the battery a wee bit larger and the emissions are no more (recorded), and the fleet consumption can be calculated way down. Almost like magic.

At least at 30 km real world range, some drivers might bother to actually plug them in at night. Until Tesla has a plant in Europe, the legacy ICE manufacturers can basically sell whatever polluting crap they make, as long as the fleet consumption on paper remains low, which can be achieved by minimum requirement PHEVs. As soon as Tesla opens up shop and ramps up, the market will feel it. But that will take maybe 4-5 years at least, because there is not even a site for the new factory to be built on. When it opens, the decision makers of today at the legacy ICE manufacturers will be enjoying their golden excecutive pensions.

Phevs sell in roughly the same numbers as bevs. I don’t see why improved phevs can’t sell in increasing numbers matching the 5000 10000 per month model 3s.

Is MB really serious about plugins. Are they planning to revitalize diesels by offering diesel-plugin-hybrid. Is it because of the Tesla effect. Its surprising that they are extending this to all 3 of their sedans and also some wagons. C-Series, E-Series & S-Series.

All we want is a vehicle with plugin and a decent 31 mile/50 km range, its ok whether it has gasoline / diesel engine as backup since it will run on electricity for nearly 50% – 7% of the distance. But what will be the price and how much will they sell is very important. If BYD really starts selling more plugins and eats into the MB’s lunch, then they will get serious.