Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e PHEV Lifecycle Analysis


Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e is a new plug-in hybrid SUV, unveiled by Daimler in early 2015 and presented at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

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.

Checking Out The GLE550e At This Year's NAIAS In Detroit (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Checking Out The GLE550e At This Year’s NAIAS In Detroit (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

We Have So Much Contempt For This Plug-In Location (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

We Have So Much Contempt For This Plug-In Location (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

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%.

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e Lifecycle Analysis

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e Lifecycle Analysis

Sadly, the report doesn’t include emissions other than CO2, so we don’t have complete a image of the advantages and disadvantages.

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e

Yes, The Battery Does Interfere Somewhat In The Back (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Yes, The Battery Does Interfere Somewhat In The Back (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Digging The GLE550e Interior From NAIAS 2016 (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Digging The GLE550e Interior From NAIAS 2016 (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Source: The Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e 4MATIC in the 360°environmental check

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17 responses to "Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e PHEV Lifecycle Analysis"
  1. JR says:

    I don’t really get It! 30km properly 20km in real life, who will bother Charging this car, for so little battery range.

    1. ggpa says:


      With such a small battery, the benefit you get for each charge is tiny. If charging is even slightly inconvenient it will be skipped often

      1. Dave R says:

        With a single overnight charge you can get half your typical commute on electricity.

        With workplace charging, you could get 100%.

        1. ggpa says:

          I could also win the Powerball, but I haven’t yet.

      2. RexxSee says:

        +1 Another ridiculously short AER.

    2. Mikael says:

      For everywhere else than the US it will cover most of your commute. All of it for many.

      Basically everyone that buys it will bother to plug it in.

  2. Teki says:

    That is all fraud from our European carmakers. All the values are not really true unless you charge the car every 20 km, what nobody will do.
    They produce These cars just to reduce “offical” CO2-values, which are not true in real life. Same as VW with its Diesels.
    Very sad story! Thanks Tesla for showing how it works!

    1. ggpa says:

      Is it “Fraud” or is it “Gaming the crazy rules made by corrupt/clueless politicians”? I suspect there is a lot of the latter.

      1. Djoni says:

        And still a fraud anyway!

    2. Paul says:

      “All the values are not really true unless you charge the car every 20 km.”

      This is not true. As you can see in the charts, using fossil fuels is part of the calculation.

      It is true the calculations are optimistic (first because it is NEDC and second because it counts on charging at home every night), but for the rest the calculation is based on ‘normal’ European use.

      1. ggpa says:

        ‘Normal’, hmmm, I doubt it.

        For instance, is it normal in Europe for cars to last 250000 km? Even if this happens often, the average is probably lower, and average is what should be used in an analysis like this.

        1. Seth says:

          Actually, a good amount over 250k km is quite the norm. I sold my first (new purchased) car after owning it over 9 years and 220k km.

          Although most of the cars over 200k km will likely just be exported west of us to Poland for example. On the other hand, I now of a few cars in my suburb that have 350k km. Mostly the smaller diesel cars.

          One of the benefits of the 2000 era diesels was there quite decent balance of frugal fuel use and lengthy lifecycle. Emissions, not so much. My Peugeot 206 2.0 Hdi didn’t even get a sticker in Germany (Umwelt zone) so it wasn’t even allowed in city centers.

          1. ggpa says:

            Thanks Seth, but I think you are mentioning outliers. Could you link to some online information please?

            I googled annual driving totals for a few European countries, and they were 12000 to 15000 km per year. I could not find a EU wide analysis, but I am sure it exists.

        2. jmk says:

          Yes, this is very normal. My guess is that most modern European diesels see 400 000km before EOL, while the best reach 800 000 (Volvo D5, Mercedes CDI). Heck, even ‘poor quality’ VAG diesels easily go over 400k.

  3. James says:

    What a silly design for the battery pack. Haven’t these engineers seen a Tesla or RAV4EV!?!? No battery intrusion. Bad project management.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      That’s what happens when you shoehorn an EV powertrain (including battery pack) into a gasmobile. Compelling EVs are designed from the ground up.

      1. Seth says:

        Yeah, it is bonkers, they shove 16kWh under a Mitsubishi i-Miev Kei car and they can’t even fit less then that without cabin intrusion under something this size.

        Holy moses.