Mercedes Launches Three Baby PHEVs

Mercedes-Benz has announced three compact urban plug-in hybrids to its electrified EQ range.

The models sit in the A and B classes of Mercedes’ overall lineup. They all have the same in-line 4, 1.3 liter engine, mated with a 75kW electric motor generating 221ft-lbs and an 15.6kWh battery. The emissions and fuel consumption stats for each model is slightly different though. In terms of CO2 emissions, the A 250 e gets 33-24g/km, the A 250 e Saloon 32-22g/km and the B 250 e 32-26 g/km. It’s a similar case with fuel consumption, with the A 250 e getting 188mpg (1.5l/km), the A 250 e Saloon 201mpg  (1.4l/km) and the B 250 e 176mpg (1.6l/km).

The lithium-ion battery is water-cooled for performance and longevity, with a 7.4 kW Wallbox using alternating current charging the vehicles in an hour and 45 minutes. Alternatively, direct current chargers can charge the battery in around 25 minutes.

Mercedes aims to have more than ten plug-in hybrids by the end of 2019, expanding that to 20 by 2020. The two A Class plug-in hybrids can ordered now, with pre-ordering for the B 2540 e opening in a few weeks. They will be available to customers later this year.

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