Mercedes-Benz to launch A250e plug-in hybrid hatchback

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Hybrid mannequin, based mostly on current A250, will boast 37 miles of electric-only vary
Petrol-electric A-Class will acquire 101bhp electrical motor; efficiency anticipated to reflect that of current A250

Mercedes-Benz is making ready to launch a brand new petrol-electric variant of the brand new fourth-generation A-class boasting a pure electrical vary of over 37 miles, as a part of its rising vary of EQ plug-in hybrid fashions.

The A250e retains the turbocharged 1.Three-litre petrol engine already utilized by the A200, wherein it develops 158bhp and 148lb ft. This is supported by a gearbox-mounted electrical motor that delivers 101bhp and as much as 221lb ft: Mercedes-Benz insiders recommend the setup supplies comparable efficiency to the present A250.

The gearbox utilized by the A250e is anticipated to be the brand new eight-speed unit already confirmed for quite a lot of new Mercedes-Benz compact fashions, together with the lately unveiled GLB. It is going to be uniquely calibrated to stand up to the excessive torque masses achieved by the brand new petrol-electric driveline.

The electrical motor takes it energy from a 15kWh lithium-ion battery. Significantly bigger in capability than the 9.7kWh unit utilized by the BMW 225e Energetic Tourer, or the eight.7kWh battery employed by the Volkswagen Golf GTE, it’s claimed to supply the A250e with an electrical vary of over 37 miles in its most effective driving mode, as measured on the WLTP mixed cycle.

Prime pace in electrical mode is 87mph, in line with official German transport authority documentation proven to Autocar.

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As the facility electrics for the electrical motor take up a lot of the house beneath the baggage compartment ground, Mercedes-Benz has re-engineered the A-class to permit the hybrid battery to be mounted beneath its rear seat. It should sit subsequent to the A250e’s gas tank, which has been shriveled from a typical 45-litres within the A200 to 35-litres.

Additional modifications have been made to the rear suspension of the A-class to assist package deal the 120kg lithium-ion battery, which is assembled at Mercedes-Benz’s daughter firm Deutsche Accumotive in Germany. Energy cells are provided by Korean firm LG Chem.

The A250e is anticipated to help DC charging at as much as 22kW, although particulars pertaining to cost instances usually are not more likely to be revealed till nearer to its deliberate unveiling on the Frankfurt motor present in September.

In addition to that includes within the A250e, Mercedes-Benz’s newest petrol-electric plug-in drivetrain can be deliberate to look in upcoming B250e, CLA250e and GLB250e fashions.

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