The Mercedes-Benz E-300
The hybrid powered Mercedes-Benz arrives here in the UK later on in the year. What’s so different this time round? When you hear of hybrid powered cars, they usually combine petrol and electric engines. Mercedes-Benz have been clever and replaced the petrol engine with a diesel one. Why didn’t anyone think of that before?
The diesel engine is no ordinary one either. It is able to hit a maximum of 204 BHP and 368lb ft of torque, being a 2.2 litre CDI.
MPG combined is said to reach a brilliant figure of 65.7 MPG combined. 109g/km of C02 is emitted. That’s makes for pretty impressive results by anyone’s standards.
Being so economical you wouldn’t think speed and acceleration were much of an issue right? Mercedes-Benz have gone that step further and given the E300 plenty of pulling power. Now the car hits a maximum of 150 MPH and reaches 0 – 62 MPH in 7.5 seconds. On top of all that the car is huge with a great amount of luxury.
The 20 kW electric motor works alongside a 19 kW lithium ion battery. The battery is charged through brake regeneration technology, something that Mercedes-Benz is quite well known for. That offers a great convenience to owners as they do not need to make time in order to charge the vehicle.
The gearbox of the car has a torque convertor which is replaced by a wet clutch. Essentially that means that the diesel engine will have any involvement when the car is in full electric mode. That helps to save fuel.
Diesel fuel was an essential factor, given that Japan and the United States have fairly strict emission laws. However these two countries have not quite taken to diesel, but high fuel prices will give motorists an interesting alternative.
This is not the first time that a diesel hybrid car has been launched. It has been seen before, with Peugeot launching the same type of technology within the 3008 Hybrid4. It’s 2.0 litre HDi engine combined with an electric motor placed in the rear axle. Mercedes-Benz may have received inspiration from here.
Will the Mercedes-Benz E300 take off? We don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t.