Mercedes-AMG's CLS53 already encompasses a gentle hybrid powertrain
Efficiency sub-brand will use a tuned model of EQ vary's hybrid system
Mercedes-AMG will develop a plug-in hybrid model of each mannequin in its line-up sooner or later, that includes a performance-tuned model of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Energy system.
The transfer is a part of a serious push of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) know-how being undertaken by Mercedes as a key ingredient of its £9 billion electrification programme to dramatically cut back fleet CO2 emissions. The primary Mercedes-AMG PHEVs are anticipated in 2020.
Mercedes-AMG at the moment presents a lot of mild-hybrid fashions, together with the CLS 53 and E53. These function the agency’s EQ Enhance-branded 48V starter/generator, which might ship an extra 22bhp and 184lb ft of torque. Nonetheless, the necessity to meet more and more tight EU fleet emissions targets signifies that these are prone to be an middleman step.
“All of the AMG automobiles shall be out there sooner or later with plug-in hybrids as an possibility,” mentioned Mercedes’ head of exterior affairs for emissions, Frank Overmeyer. “Gentle hybrid will not be the technique of AMG, as a result of the emissions financial savings are too small.”
Mercedes at the moment presents PHEV variants of the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class below the EQ Energy badge, with GLC and GLE variations coming quickly. The agency will launch 20 PHEV variants by the tip of 2020, with an A-Class utilizing a brand new plug-in powertrain developed particularly for compact vehicles due imminently.
The fashions all function the agency’s third-generation PHEV system. This makes use of an electrical motor that produces 121bhp and 325lb ft and presents round 31 miles of electric-only vary. Mercedes is working to increase that vary with the following S-Class, due in 2020, which is anticipated to make use of a system that provides 62 miles of zero-emission energy.
The Mercedes-AMG fashions are probably to make use of a model of that system however it is going to be branded EQ Energy+ (matching the group’s Components 1 automotive) and tuned for additional efficiency on the expense of some vary.
“The battery itself and the applying, together with the electrical motor, would be the identical, and you'll have a major enhance [in performance] that may cut back the vary, however the expertise shall be higher,” mentioned Overmeyer. “Identical battery, identical drivetrain, totally different utility. In an SUV, it'd provide 100km [62 miles]. It would solely be 60km or 70km [37-43 miles] in an AMG.”
Though the necessity to cut back common fleet emissions is pushing producers in direction of electrical and different extremely environment friendly tech, Overmeyer mentioned high-performance AMG fashions will stay a key a part of the Mercedes line-up.
“They're the technical icons of our model,” he mentioned. “We must also always remember that the brand new world, these electrical automobiles, should be funded, and it’s being funded by our current high-profit automobiles.”
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