Mercedes-Benz GLE Revealed At New York Auto Show

APR 16 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e

Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e

Mercedes-Benz unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show the new GLE, of which a 550 e version will be offered with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

Steve Cannon, President of Mercedes-Benz USA said:

“The GLE 500 e 4MATIC is the first Mercedes SUV with plug-in hybrid technology. This high-tech drive combines the highest level of energy efficiency with outstanding performance and excellent road manners.”

Mercedes-Benz believes that the 8.8 kWh battery will enable up to 30 km (19 miles) of all electric range. More info can be found here.

The style of new GLE reflects changes implemented earlier in the smaller GLE Coupé, which premiered at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Here is a set of videos presenting the Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e:

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The Germans are sure releasing a lot of plug-in hybrids to meet their carbon compliance numbers.

It is too bad that they all have such small batteries though such that their electric range is very limit. 🙁

Well, they’ll get better over time.

Yes, all three German manufacturers seem fully committed to hybrids with electric motors as a supplement to smaller ICEs, but won’t give up the raw power and performance they get from keeping the ICE on board.

One must remember they are first and foremost mechanical engineering companies, run by mechanical engineers with a rich mechanical engineering heritage in ICE development.

I believe most other manufacturers think the same way, which is why all of them are pushing hybrids (including plug-ins) more than battery only vehicles. The only exceptions are Tesla (of course), Nissan, and to some degree GM.

The real test on who really gets it will come in about 2-3 years when battery costs enable a practical and affordable 200 mile EV. 2017 should be an exciting year for BEVs.

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It’s not just the high-end German manufacturers either, it’s Euro carmakers in general. See for example following interview with Škoda (VW Group’s low-end brand) CEO
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/skoda/88859/skoda-to-launch-large-suv-in-2016-first-pictures
(towards the middle, where he is asked about PHEvs and BEVs.
He is focused on the emissions issue, and says they’ll need to go PHEV for it, but for now it’s primarily a cost issue. Same for BEVs.

Its Tesla, Leaf and Golf (in EU).

So we have 3 brands that do not shy from selling BEVs where is demand for them.

I was just looking under a BMW X5, and I think there is an obvious answer to the short range of these PHEV cars. When I saw all the room the driveshaft, exhaust, gas tank, etc. take. It is easy to figure out where batteries can go without all that stuff. But as long as the gas engine is still there, space is almost non existent. I even saw how a little bit of the gas tank wraps around the drive shaft just to get a little extra capacity. So they often start putting batteries above the floor board taking up cargo space, etc, raising the center of gravity, etc. Bottom line: If it wasn’t designed to be plug-in from the beginning, battery space is very limited in most PHEVs.

True….but GM did manage to get 17KWH into the Volt. I’m sure Benz can do better than 8.8kwh.

Its a lot easier with the Volt’s front wheel drive. No big drive shaft…huge mufflers or transfer cases, etc.

Good point. But the SUVs are much bigger so they they do have lots of places to stash batteries if they put some effort into it.

The reason that there is no space for more kWh’s is because the EU driving cycle is 25 km. If the EU driving cycle was 50 or 100 km and the target was still a fleet average of 95 g/CO2/km there would be a whole heap more space.

Someone said it above, these are engineering companies and, although I disagree completely with the idea that BMW, MB or Audi are somehow adverse to new technology, they will optimise to a a pin point. If you give them competing inputs they’ll find the minima. The problem is we (the voting and purchasing public) are not pushing these guys hard enough. If we all paid less attention to adverts, a cars appearance, the finish of the seats or worrying about our politicians sex lives we could quite easily come to together and push these companies to a more impressive cars. In the mean time we’ll just have to put up with the masses gradually moving toward the light.

Woah! That thumbnail of the car on the main page is quite a shocker. The time since it was posted covered over the back of the roof of the GLE. What I thought I was looking at looked nothing like a Mercedes but just a really tall, stumpy and squashed looking sedan. I thought it was another Coda!

Would never buy this expensive limited range joke EV joke. I’m happy with my Rav4 EV.

Tesla is killing it in the EV luxery space. These jokers can’t compete.

Hopefully they will step up their game soon and quit messing around with cars that have a sub 50 miles EV range.

+1

Mercedes found a way to pick a lower number to put in front of the 8, they picked zero. That PHEV is now obviously a sitting duck for the less bad 17 KWh Q7.

19 miles wooow. the gas car starts to 89950? so this would be 100 -110k?some rich guy is going to plug in every day so he can save 2.50 on gas.