Mercedes-Benz C350e Fall US Launch Delayed Into 2016

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Mercedes-Benz C350e Pushed Back In US

Mercedes-Benz C350e Pushed Back In US

Mercedes-Benze C350e Interior

Mercedes-Benze C350e Interior

Recently in August, Mercedes-Benz launched the S550 Plug-In Hybrid in the United States (selling 10 copies in both August and September).

The S550 Plug-In Hybrid was the first new plug-in offering in the US in 2015, and it kicks off a pretty long list of new entries scheduled for the last 4 months of the year (~7 new models).

Included in that list was another Mercedes offering, the even more anticipated C350e, of which more than 1,000 copies have already been sold in Europe.

As per Mercedes-Benz C350e US micro-site at time of press:

“It’s the all-new C350 Plug-In Hybrid, and it arrives in the fall of 2015.”

Mercedes-Benz Promo/Arrival ETA (via MBUSA at time of press)

Mercedes-Benz Promo/Arrival ETA (via MBUSA at time of press)

Mercedes-Benz C350e

Mercedes-Benz C350e

However, we noted the C350e’s recent absence of upcoming data when compiling our Monthly EV Sales Scorecard for the US last week.

Upon further investigation we have now learned, though sources at Mercedes-Benz, that the C350e has been delayed somewhat, and now has new expected arrival date for the “the first half of next year (2016).”

While the C350e was not expected to be a large seller in the US in 2015, the news is not great nonetheless, as we looked forward to taking the newest plug-in Mercedes for a spin.

Here is a recap of the Mercedes-Benz C350e specs:

  • Combined power output of 275 hp, 443 lb-ft of torque
  • Electric range of 18.6 miles (estimated)
  • Five transmission modes: Individual, Sport, Sport+, Comfort and Economy
  • Four engine modes: Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge
  • AIRMATIC air suspension
  • Energy recuperation during braking and coasting
  • Central display unit with optional touchpad
  • Available Head-Up Display
  • Available LED headlamps
  • Standard safety technologies including ATTENTION ASSIST and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
Mercedes-Benz C350e, As Of Yet Not Priced For The US

Mercedes-Benz C350e, As Of Yet Not Priced For The US

We are unsure why the C350e has been delayed, but it might have something to do with the recent release of the larger S550 Plug-in Hybrid’s EPA range ratings, which were originally expected to net around 18-20 miles – via a 8.7 kWh battery, but ended up with a Prius PHV-like 0-12 miles (combined) all-electric range.

The C350e was/is estimated by Mercedes to have an 18.6 electric mile range via a 6.2 kWh battery, which is now looking a touch too optimistic in light of the S550 Plug-In Hybrid’s recent final EPA result.  Perhaps some tweaking of the e-modes to give the Mercedes a more pure all-electric range is in the cards? Or maybe it is simply higher than expected demand in Europe that is eating into the US allocation.

Whatever the reason, we will see you next year C350e!

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“Or maybe it is simply higher than expected demand in Europe that is eating into the US allocation.”


“US allocation” ?
The new C-Class (including plug-in Hybrid) for the North America market is being build in Alabama.
So I would also guess they are doing some more “tweaking” to improve the EPA electric range…

Unless of course their total battery volume available is limited. Then the demand in Europe might be a factor.

Unless of course like GM showed us for the Volt last week, they are part of a ICE car makers cartel and do all they can NOT to sell EVS.
Have you noticed how many, “soon” “in 2 years”, “in 2020″… maybe… and other reasons we read about for not being offered good EVS in sufficient numbers RIGHT NOW!
People are literally sick of petrol engines.
I took a tiny start up to move the big car carter’s a$$.

“…Electric range of 18.6 miles (estimated)…”

AER < 45miles = FAIL

Hopefully MBenz using the delay to work on raising the AER.

I think anyone writing EV related articles should know better than report NEDC range as expected or estimated EPA range.

Or maybe it’s intentional intellectual dishonesty. False expectations are raised and then car manufacturers can be blamed for overestimating and letting people down.

NEDC test cycle is the official test method in Europe and manufacturers have to report ranges accordingly. It’s as simple as that.

If the car was built like a Volt or an i3, this would be an amazing car but with such a small battery, I am just wondering what it is against to? Unless you are a Mercedes fanboy, isn’t better options at similar price or even lower?

I can barely contain my excitement.



As with other forthcoming big buck PHEVs (e.g. the BMW X5 variant), I consider this to be more of a plug-in aura car than any meaningful contribution to the electrification of personal transportation.

Sure, it helps for people to see a three-pointer with a socket, but how many will wind up on the road? And how diligent will the owners be about plugging them in? (I’d wager a LOT less than the average Volt driver.) And even when they do plug it in, they’ll get a pretty skimpy range, ensuring they’ll wind up burning a lot of gasoline.

The net effect of these cars might be not the gasoline and CO2 savings they create directly, but the savings from the marginally greater sales of Volt, Leafs, etc. they help create.

OTOH, as they introduce PHEVs it becomes more a part of the buyer’s process, to know range and battery storage matter a whole lot.

It gets cold, and a non-hybrid S-class probably goes from 19mpg, to 17mpg. This car’s electric range will go from 18.6 miles, to maybe 10. And that is if you drive it so gingerly, that you can manage not to engage the engine.

If someone said design a luxury PHEV that checks the compliance box but make sure that anybody that buys it will not bother to make the effort to plug it in…well this C350 Plug-In Hybrid is that car.

I am repeating myself but…too cheap fuel prices. It is slowing down car electrification right now.