Mercedes-Benz Says Its Future Plug-In Hybrids Will Have More Electric Range
Mercedes-Benz outlined plans for electric range increase of its plug-in hybrid models.
The first batch of 10 plug-in hybrids will be released by the end of 2017, but with low range like 12 miles (<20 km) EPA.
The next-generation of M-B plug-in hybrids after that will have 30-50 km (19-31 miles) of all-electric range.
And the next generation after the next generation – up to 80-100 km (50-62 miles), according to development director Dr. Thomas Weber.
“Then we work on the extension of the range based on battery development. We are working on plug-in hybrid systems based on the S-Class technology for extended range.
“The next-generation vehicle will overcome the 30km to 50km hurdle and then the next generation after that will be 80-100km when they run as pure electric cars.”
Well, just for comparison – the longest range plug-in hybrid is the 2016 Chevrolet Volt and it’s rated for 53 miles (85 km) today.