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