Mercedes-Benz has announced three compact plug-in hybrids under the company’s EQ Power label. The A 250 e, A 250 e Saloon, and B 250 e will each feature a 15.6 kWh battery, electric range of 70-75 km, electric output of 75 kW, total system output of 160 kW, and system torque of 450 Nm.
Each of the new models has a transversely mounted engine, compact hybrid traction head, low-loss wet clutch and on-demand stator and rotor cooling. The combustion engine is started by the electric motor, meaning the compact hybrids do not have a separate 12-volt starter.
A 7.4 kW AC Wallbox can charge the batteries from 10 to 100 percent in one hour and 45 minutes, according to the company. DC charging can charge the batteries from 10 to 80 percent in around 25 minutes.
The A 250 e will start at €36,944, the A 250 e Saloon will start at €37,301, and the B 250 e will start at €37,664. The new PHEVs are scheduled to go on sale in Europe later this year.
Mercedes-Benz aims to expand its plug-in initiative to include more than 20 model variants by 2020.