Mercedes announces plug-in hybrid plans in Detroit

Mercedes announces plug-in hybrid plans in Detroit

Mercedes recently revealed plans for its new C350 Plug-in Hybrid at the Detroit Motor Show and wants to launch as many as ten new hybrid models by 2017. The new model, which is also available as an estate, will arrive in showrooms in the US in March and in the UK this summer. This follows the initial success of the company's first car of this type, the S500.

The unique attribute of the new model is that it uses of a combination of an electric motor and a four-cylinder petrol engine. With torque of 443lb/ft, the total output is 275bhp. When using the electric motor alone the car has a range of 31km, with CO2 emission for the saloon of 48g/km and 49g/km for the estate version. Speaking about the development in this area, Prof Dr Thomas Weber from the Daimler AG management board said: "The Plug-in Hybrid is an investment in the future of Mercedes-Benz and we believe it will become established as the successful technology for maximum efficiency coupled with powerful dynamic performance. We will be launching ten new Plug-in Hybrid models up to 2017."The new C350 Plug-in has a 6.2 kWh lithium-ion water-cooled battery that weighs approximately 100kg. This is mounted under the rear axle on steel housing for maximum crash safety, more boot space, and to maintain driving dynamics.

The battery takes under two hours to recharge, and both saloon and estate models come with Airmatic suspension as standard.