Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e PHEV Lifecycle Analysis
The German manufacturer recently released a report titled “The Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e 4MATIC in the 360°environmental check” with lifecycle analysis – obligatory reading for all those interested in comparing PHEV with the ICE version (material manufacturing, production, operation and recycling).
As with most European plug-in hybrids, GLE 550e’s electric range is small (30 km / 18.6 miles NEDC) due to a relatively small battery of 8.7 kWh.
According to the TUV SUD data in Daimler’s report, CO2 emission during production of the plug-in hybrid version is higher by about one fourth, but the savings over the distance of 250,000 kilometres / 155,000 miles are tremendous – high enough to lower the total emission nearly 37% under the EU electricity mix.
The ultimate CO2 reduction requires renewable sources of energy – in the hydro power assumption, emissions decrease by nearly 58%.
Sadly, the report doesn’t include emissions other than CO2, so we don’t have complete a image of the advantages and disadvantages.