The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 e Coupé, CLA 250 e Shooting Brake and GLA 250 e are all new plug-in hybrids which will go on sale in April and May 2020.
All three models will have electric operating ranges of 44-49 miles (based on the old NEDC testing procedure).
For the first time on a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the combustion engine is started by the electric motor rather than a separate 12-volt starter.
The electric machine achieves 75 kW, together with the 1.33-litre four-cylinder engine this produces a system output of 160 kW (218 hp) and a system torque of 450 Nm.
The plug-in hybrids have an AC charging system up to 7.4 kW and DC charging system up to 24 kW; they can be charged at a 7.4 kW wallbox within 1 h 45 min from 10-100 percent SoC (State of Charge). For direct-current (DC) charging at 24 kW, the battery can be charged from 10-80 percent SoC in around 25 minutes.
In every Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid there are new drive programmes of “Electric” and “Battery Level”. Comfort, ECO and Sport modes are also available.
The hybrids have a towing capacity of 1600 kg (braked).
With the help of the free EQ Ready App, available free of charge, Mercedes-Benz has established how long the journeys of EV drivers are on average. The results show that
• 90 percent of all journeys are shorter than 31 miles
• 96 percent of all journeys are shorter than 62 miles
• 99 percent of all journeys are shorter than 248 miles
The range of average distances per journey varies in the individual markets, extending from around 5 miles in Hong Kong to around 17 miles in the Netherlands.
This means that 90% of everyday trips can be completed exclusively under electric power with Mercedes-Benz’s current plug-in models.
As well as using the domestic power supply, e.g. at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox, charging is possible during the journey using the MBUX infotainment system which assists the driver in finding charging stations. The MBUX system understands natural speech, allowing the driver to start a search simply by saying “Hey Mercedes, find charging stations nearby”.
Via Mercedes me Charge, drivers of a plug-in hybrid model can optionally obtain access to one of the world’s largest charging networks, with over 300 different operators in Europe alone (municipalities, car parks, motorways, shopping centres, etc.). Thanks to navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can find these stations easily and can gain convenient access to the charging stations via the Mercedes me Charge card, the Mercedes me App or directly from the car. No separate contracts are necessary for this: apart from simple authentication, customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple billing after they have registered their payment method once. Each charging process is booked automatically. The individual charging processes are clearly listed in a monthly invoice.