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With an electric range of up to 75km, the first plug-in hybrid versions of the A-Class and B-Class expands Mercedes Benz's electrified lineup.

21 Aug 2019 | International News : Germany

Mercedes‑Benz Cars pushes ahead its drive towards zero-emissions driving with the premiere of its new A250e, A250e Saloon and B250e plug-in hybrids under the EQ Power label.

Charging via a domestic wall charger will take one hour and 45 minutes to reach 100% charge from 10%
The new EQ Power models for the A-Class and B-Class form part of Mercedes-Benz's drive to offer more than 20 EQ Power model variants by 2020.

The standard 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine is now combined with a 100bhp electric motor to produce a total power output of 211bhp and 450Nm of torque. Thanks to the EQ Power of the electric motor the A250e and B250e are expected to deliver immediate responsiveness and impressive performance. The A250e will require just 6.6 seconds to sprint from zero to 100km/h, and will achieve a top speed of 235km/h.

An innovative exhaust system means only a minimal reduction in boot capacity despite carrying a 150kg battery
Both models will give an electric-only operating rage of 70km to 75km on the New European Driving Cycle.

With a charge capacity of approximately 15.6kWh, the water-cooled, 150kg lithium-ion high-voltage battery can be charged with either alternating or direct current via the socket located on the right side of the vehicles. Charging with a 7.4kW domestic wallbox on alternating current will take up to one hour and 45 minutes to charge from 10% to 100%, while direct-current charging will only require 25 minutes for the battery to be charged from 10% to 80%.

An innovative exhaust system means only a minimal reduction in boot capacity for the A250e and B250e compared to their sister models without hybrid engines. Rather than extending to the end of the vehicle, the exhaust ends in a centrally positioned outlet under the vehicle floor, with the rear silencer housed in the transmission tunnel. This allows for integration of the fuel tank into the axle space, creating more room beneath the rear seats for the high-voltage battery.

Pre-entry climate control will make the B-Class a very compelling family car amongst local buyers
Local buyers will be delighted to know that pre-entry climate control is now a key feature of the plug-in hybrid models, allowing the air-conditioning to be switched on before the vehicle is started, as the cars now utilise an electric refrigerant compressor. This pre-entry climate control can also be activated conveniently by smartphone.

Beyond just using a domestic power supply, convenient and uncomplicated charging is also possible during a journey with the Mercedes-Benz User Experience system (MBUX) capable of assisting the driver to find charging stations.

The MBUX system understands natural speech, allowing the driver to start a search simply by saying "Hey Mercedes, find charging stations nearby", allowing for easy locating of charge stations during longer journeys.

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