Mercedes-Benz To Launch More Than 10 PHEVs By End Of 2019

FEB 15 2019 BY MARK KANE 36

Within 2 years, Daimler will have 20 plug-in hybrids on the market

Mercedes-Benz intends to electrify its entire product range by the year 2022, through introduction of EQ all-electric cars, EQ Power plug-in hybrids and EQ Boost 48V mild hybrids. Sales of electrified cars are expected to amount to 15-25% of the brand by 2025.

This year, we will be witnessing the beginning of the major shift toward plug-ins as the first EQC model comes on the market around summer, and the plug-in hybrid portfolio is to be expanded to more than 10 models, with gasoline and diesel engines.

By the end of 2020, the number of plug-in hybrids will increase to over 20. The new, third-generation of plug-in hybrids, started by the new EQ Power C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, are equipped with 13.5 kWh battery packs. It’s enough to drive up to 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode.

Daimler will offer EQ Power version of various models, reportedly from the compact A-Class to SUVs – the new Mercedes-Benz GLE plug-in hybrid was already seen testing before launch in 2020.

Here is a brief summary of the electrification plans:

Alternative powertrain systems

  • In addition, third-generation plug-in hybrids can also make contributions in improving air quality in towns and cities: With an all-electric range of around 50 km in the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, for example, and an electric motor output of 90 kW, Mercedes-Benz saloon and estate models can be locally emission-free in the inner city. In the C-Class and E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is the only manufacturer to combine diesel engines with plug-in technology as well. Thus the product range will include more than ten model variants as plug-in hybrids with petrol and diesel engines across all segments by the end of 2019. The aim is to be able to offer customers well over 20 model variants already in the year 2020.
  • The EQC (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, preliminary data), the first purely battery electric Mercedes‑Benz model from the EQ brand will arrive in the markets in 2019. The EQC is the harbinger of an entire range of new EQ models.
  • The GLC F-CELL (combined hydrogen consumption: 0.34 kg/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, weighted power consumption: 13.7 kWh/100 km, preliminary data), an all-electric vehicle suitable for long journeys that can fill up on hydrogen and electricity, was delivered to first customers in autumn 2018.

The next steps to achieving the CO2 targets: Systematic electrification

  • By 2022, the entire Mercedes-Benz Cars product range is set to be electrified. The company will offer different electrified variants in each segment – from smart to the big SUVs, starting with 48-volt models and a wide selection of plug-in hybrids, to all-electric vehicles with battery and/or fuel cells.
  • In addition, Daimler is investing more than ten billion euros in the new EQ product family.
  • Daimler expects electric models to make up between 15 and 25 percent of Mercedes-Benz total unit sales by 2025 – depending on individual customer preferences and the development of public infrastructure. The company plans to bring more than ten all-electric cars to the market across all segments, from smart to the big SUVs. Including plug-in hybrid models, the percentage of xEVs (vehicles equipped with an electric traction motor and external charging capability) in Europe could be significantly above 40 percent as plans stand today.
  • When it comes to e-mobility, smart is going all the way: smart is the first car brand with its sights set on a complete switch-over from combustion engines to electric powertrains. All new smart cars sold in the USA, Canada and Norway since 2017 have an electric powertrain and this will also be the case in the rest of Europe by 2020. All other markets are set to follow shortly afterwards.

Sustainability in production and procurement

  • Apart from the investment in the new EQ product portfolio, Daimler is investing more than one billion euros in a global battery production network within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The future battery production network will consist of nine factories at seven locations on three continents.
  • With extensive orders for battery cells amounting to 20 billion euros up until 2030, Daimler is setting another important milestone for the electrification of its future electric vehicles in the EQ product and technology brand. In this way, the company, together with its suppliers, is ensuring that today and in the future the global battery production network is always supplied with the latest technologies.

Categories: Daimler, Mercedes, Smart


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36 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz To Launch More Than 10 PHEVs By End Of 2019"

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LOL! They are still years behind. Most of the market has realized that PHEVs for the luxury and small car market are a stupid idea…it is better to just go pure EV for performance, cost, reduced complexity, reduced maintenance, and other reasons. The PHEV market is pretty weak compared to pure EVs right now.

I think PHEVs have a role to plan in big boxy non-aerodynamic market like trucks & SUVs…But the Model S & 3 show luxury cars are best done with pure EV.

Show me the lie, downvoters. Go click that plug-in sales scorecard up there in the upper right and look at the Mercedes PHEV sales. They are pretty weak. Increasing the battery size will help but I doubt it is enough.

On the other hand, Mercedes says their own EQC is “sold out”. Seems pretty damn clear to me that if you want to go plug-in luxury then just go full electric. Jag I-Pace seems to be doing well too. (And I’ll try not to bring up the ELR bomb again. ;-))

Don’t worry about votes, the voting system is easily manipulated, for all you know it’s just one troll doing all the down votes. Trolls (especially the TSLA short variety) are in fact quite desperate in attacking any suggestion that the incumbents aren’t quite the threat to Tesla they make them out to be.

That said, BMW for instance sold quite a lot of PHEVs last year, just not in the US. I’m guessing there is other markets where the incentive system works more in favor of PHEVs.

About EQC sold out, well that probably just shows it’s a low volume compliance car so yeah, that does show MB isn’t quite ready to take on Tesla.

I downvoted Speculawyer because even if BEVs with sufficient autonomy exist today, we can’t produce 90 millions of them today. Not enough materials. Not enough capacity of production from the automakers. Also not good enough charge network for everybody.

And as said by many Volt users, for many people a PHEV is sufficient to do 90+% of the annual mileage only on electricity. And today less PHEVs means more ICE sold.

Stop always saying a person who doesn’t agree with you is a troll or a short or an oil shill. I personally believe there will be only BEVs in sale sooner than many think, but PHEVs are a good enough technology between now and then (along BEVs and not instead of them).

Oh, FFS. That’s an argument that notorious Tesla Troll John Peterson used. LOL!

BUILD MORE BATTERY FACTORIES. That wasn’t so hard was it?

Seriously….go read his history of massive failure. It is sad. So much hate of Li-Ions and Tesla.

Wow…I even get hate for calling John Peterson a troll? LOL! He was a massive troll that was dead wrong, HAD A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, and lost a lot of people a lot of money with his TERRIBLY wrong views. And when people put up good arguments against him, HE HAD THOSE PEOPLE BANNED. (I know, I was one.) But I’m the bad guy? LOL.

relax. I get it all the time for calling out the far left that continue to lie about China’s emissions.

The majority of people have no interest in electrics. Forcing them on people is absurd especially when they are so far from viable and will cause an ecological nightmare. Natural gas or hydrogen makes a lot more sense.

So many trolls, so few counter arguments. How pathetic. Have you no guts, downvoters? At least Nono13 stood up (with a weak argument).

You must seriously suck in court.

You act like such a child.

Get over yourself.

PHEVs work fine for people who can drive too and from work on electric power 5 days a week all year around. Especially if you live in a place with really expensive fuel. At the same time, they have a car that have virtually no range limmit, and they can drive in areas where there are few or any charging options. It will also be able to produce a lot of heat in the winter – if they need to. Om places where engine size is heavily taxed, a PHEV gives more power and/or even 4×4 functionallity. PHEVs are right for a lot of people, and better for the environment then a normal ICE vehicle. With increased range, and lower price EVs will for sure take some of the PHEV market – but for now, and a few years it may be a good option for some. I work with a lot of people who drive PHEVs too and from work, and they hardly use gas any more for everyday driving. They save a lot of money. Still, they can drive up to the cabin in the mountains in the winter, or take a trip to another country without thinking… Read more »

Oh I agree. PHEVs are awesome and I welcome them. For many folks they are the best choice! I wish the Volt was not cancelled.

But that said, I think the majority of luxury cars and small cars will be best served by pure EV.

Globally PHEV will exceed BEV in the near future due to material resource constraints and price point to serve the mass population of drivers. However, most current car manufacturers are just darn mean by suppling small kWh batteries to power the current PHEV market because they have self serving interest to still try to sell you an ICE car. 😖 only exceptions to date are volt and clarity.

Maybe….maybe not. Perhaps I’m deducing too much from the move but GM cancelling the Volt and pushing forward with the Bolt seems very telling to me. I think the cost of batteries has come down enough (and will continue to drop as manufacturing scale grows) that they realized small cars are just much simpler & cheaper if you go pure EV instead of trying to cram two drivetrains (EV & gas) into a small car.

But again, I think PHEV can become big in the boxy truck & SUV market. I’m skeptical of the prices that Rivian has assigned to their vehicles because they are talking about monster-sized battery packs. The Tesla Model S 100 is expensive and that’s where the Rivian starts in battery size.

I have trouble understanding how someone thinks EVs are green when the massive amount of drilling in poor countries to provide rare earth elements are considered. Lithium, cadmium, palladium – none of these elements are plentiful. Hydrogen is the most logical. We could use the existing infrastructure and have an essentially endless supply, be it from biomass, nuclear, or natural gas. It will be an ecological disaster harvesting material to build and destroy billions of batteries when we can do it in other ways.

When I read this I am more and more sure that MB will go belly up. Just take a look at this report. It says that their cars switched off and handed to a human every 1.8 km while Waymo did that every 18,000 km!

MB has ZERO chance to survive. It has no chance now, do you think it will get better in 2022 or after that? Where is Tesla now and where will it be in 2022?

Nah. Pure ICE is still the VAST MAJORITY of the market. They’ll just plod along but they are making a bad decision on their plug-ins right now, IMHO. But there is plenty of time to course-correct. VW/Audi/Porsche is making the better decision.

Building cars of sxx in sxxi good idea?

People need to have an acceptable option when they want to consider stepping away from pure ICE.

For many people the move from pure ICE to full electric is currently just a bit too much.

For these people it’s good that they can choose for a PHEV.

Because their next move after a number of years will be from PHEV to full electric.

The “gateway drug” theory. It definitely works better for many. Especially rural folks. But with the Model 3 really being the ONLY break-out monster hit of the EV industry, I think most people are ready to go pure EV.

By the end of 2019… now we r talking. Phev with minimum 25 miles ev range hopefully. Nothing is better than something /S.

These are basically designed to comply with new Euro CO2 standards, and nothing more.

Yep. European compliance cars. When they had ~10 miles of range, I worry folks didn’t even bother plugging them in. With 25 miles of range that is much improved. But yeah, they are doing the minimum possible they can to meet the Euro CO2 levels.

PHEV with 50 km electric range all city driving and queue driving on motorways can become electric.

“Sales of electrified cars are expected to amount to 15-25% of the brand by 2025.”

Lame ass!

Update: When reached for comment, a Mercedes Benz representative clarified that they’d be producing a total of 10 individual PHEVs during 2019. They laughed when we said we thought they were talking about ten lines of PHEVs.

I don’t really get the 48V mild hybrid thing. That’s extremely deceiving, if they’re calling that electric it’s a huge exaggeration.
Batteries for those cars are 6 or 8Ah that’s less than 0.4kWh of energy and less than a common 70Ah lead acid battery with 12V at half of discharge cycle.
I understand 48V have advantages and lead acid batteries are a lot heavier, but I believe that when one of these batteries fails, owners are going to pay enough for a lifetime of lead acid batteries.
Also mild hybrid cars just recover small amounts of energy during braking that again will lead to fuel savings that are not enough to pay for when the battery fail.
We have to wait to see the amount of batteries that will outlast the rest of the car though…

Totally agree. Mild hybrid 48 V is much too little. It is like engine stop-start generation 2. It only lowers emissions a few g CO2 / km while requiring extra belt driven generator / motor and the too little battery you mention. A mild hybrid car can not accelerate and drive even 10 m on electric motor alone. Mild hybrid is less than what a Toyota Prius did in 1997.

I hope mild hybrid fashion soon disappear. For hybrid cars PHEVs with at least 50 km electric range is needed so all city driving can become electric.

Its got a gas tank? NOT ELECTRIC. PERIOD. ITS AN ICE.

I am willing to call them HYBRIDS, but I agree; these are NOT EVs.

OMG 13.5kwh!!! Please why bother. If you are going to make a PHEV…. then do it right. These heavier luxury cars need a 30 kWh battery.

Why is this company making configurations that are just plain stupid. They have one chance to get this launch right. If they fail by the end of next year. Merc is done. All their free cash flow and reserves will be spent.

Or at least 16KWH to get the full $7500 credit in the USA.

First, we should trade off the 7500 tax break for increasing gas/diesel taxes to pay for our infrastructure.
Secondly, if we are going to continue the 7500, then it should be for 150+ MPC .
It should not be for anything below 150 miles per charge.

MB is destroying themselves by spending even a euro on hybrids.

more importantly, you will be happier in about 2 years. At that time, vehicles like this and pure ICE will PLUMMET in value. Tesla’s will go up.