The German based automaker Mercedes-Benz has recently announced its plans to expand its hybrid lineup rapidly, and this means that more of its models will receive “green” versions.
“For us, the future of mobility has long centred on electrification. With a total of nine locally emission-free vehicles with battery or fuel cell power, Daimler AG already has the widest range of electric vehicles on the road. We are very pleased that our German competitors are bringing even more impetus to electric mobility with their own first electric vehicles”, said Thomas Weber, the Daimler AG member of the Board of Management.
The company’s hybrid system is modular and scalable and this means that more models can receive it. The carmaker didn’t go into specifics but it did say that the hybrid system is made to work with both four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and also with V6 petrol units. Mercedes-Benz also said that the brand new S500 Plug-in Hybrid will make its way onto the market in 2014 and it will only burn less than 4 L / 100 km (70.6 mpg UK / 58.8 mpg US), even if its hybrid powertrain, made out of a six-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and an 8.7 kWh batter will produce 333 HP and 480 Nm of torque.