Well, it was quick. Mercedes-Benz has reportedly stopped developing new versions of plug-in hybrid power trains in favor of fully electrifying its vehicles.
During the Munich Motor Show, Daimler Board member in charge of research and development, Marcus Schaefer, told Germany. Handelsblatt “No further developments are planned,” the newspaper said, referring to plug-ins.
“Investments have been made, to this extent, we are using them.”
This means the current crop of PHEV power trains, including. A250E hatchback., Just announced Mercedes-AMG GT63 SE performance. And the upcoming C-Class range will be the last of the Mercedes. However, we can see that the power train will move to more models in the near future.
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According to Schaefer, the complexity of having two drive units in one vehicle is an inherited defect, called the “cost burden for the vehicle.”
We know that The new Mercedes-AMGC63 plug-in will be a hybrid four-cylinder., But it seems that the plugin version of the Mercedes-AMG ’53 ‘Street Six engine has lost any hope.
Plug-in hybrid power trains are seen as stop-gap technology, sitting between combustion and full electric.
Back in 2019, Mercedes confirmed that it would halt the development of new combustion engines with a proposed 203 deadline. However, it can be brought forward, as Schaefer said Handelsblatt In March 2021, “We are preparing for the first change.”
“In terms of products, there is no rational reason to choose a combustion engine in the near future.”
Meanwhile, industry supplier ZF, which makes chassis components and transmissions for various carmakers, sees the future of plug-in hybrids in the next decade.
CEO Wolf Henning Skyder also said. Handelsblatt That PHEVs “will continue to play an important role in electrifying individual mobility in many parts of the world after 2030.” He also believes that the range will exceed 100 km per charge.