It’s no secret that an rising variety of automaker are wanting in the direction of electrification to spice up the efficiency of their quickest vehicles. This reliance on electrical enhance will turn into increasingly more of a necessity as emissions laws turn into ever extra stringent with every passing 12 months.
Mercedes-Benz is a kind of automotive makers that’s actually giving electrification a shot, because it plans so as to add six all-new all-electric fashions to its vary within the subsequent couple of years. And it’ll start to extra closely depend on electrifying its sporty ICE autos to make them meet each the specified efficiency wants, in addition to as a way to assist clear up their emissions.
This isn’t stunning as a result of the producer has already begun providing a wide selection of delicate hybrids and plug-in hybrids too. Automotive Information lately quoted the boss of Mercedes-Benz, Ola Kallenius, who stated he desires his firm to rival the opposite large automotive title from Stuttgart. Apparently, there are even plans to introduce a devoted EV platform particularly designed for sports activities vehicles.
The supply additionally quotes Daimler’s CFO, Harald Wilhelm, who lately advised Bloomberg that
‘We have now a really complete product portfolio, together with very enticing sports activities vehicles, and sports activities vehicles will go electrical as nicely. So keep tuned. ‘
He did no point out specifics, although, and we will’t actually speculate as a result of the rumor mill has not churned out any tidbits of details about an electrical sports activities automotive mission. Mercedes-Benz was really on the forefront of electrical autos (and electrical sports activities vehicles) and proof of this was the revealing of the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive.
That was an precise manufacturing automotive sports activities coupe that was totally electrical, it had 740 horsepower and it drew from a 60 kWh battery pack that gave it an NEDC vary of 255 km (160 miles) on a single cost. Solely 100 had been ever made and fetched $550,000 every.
Mercedes-Benz is presently engaged on one other electrified efficiency car now, but it surely’s not totally electrical – the Mercedes-AMG One. It’s an upcoming plug-in hybrid supercar that can mate a 1.6-liter force-fed V6 to 4 electrical motors for a mixed output in extra of 900 kW (1,200+ horsepower). It’s going to additionally run on an 800V structure and provide as much as 25 km (15 miles) on one cost.