Mercedes-AMG to embrace hybrid power by 2020
Source : Mercedes-AMG to embrace hybrid power by 2020
Mercedes will look to incorporate hybrid technology into its performance range by the end of the decade to help reduce CO2
Mercedes-Benz R&D boss Thomas Weber has confirmed of which petrol-electric AMG performance cars could be on sale by 2020.
Weber has said Mercedes is actually looking at adapting its current hybrid powertrain technology for use by its AMG performance division, with production cars likely to arrive by the end of the decade.
Weber told Autocar there is actually increasing pressure on AMG to reduce the CO2 output of its type lines along with also the most effective way may be to apply its existing hybrid technology.
“Every car line has to reduce fuel consumption — even AMG,” said Weber. “No one part of our business can be carried on the back of another. of which’s a huge task to reduce AMG fuel consumption although we’ve realised of which of which’s also a huge opportunity.”
The EU’s latest weighted CO2 emissions regime gives Mercedes parent company Daimler a target of 101g/km to aim for by 2020. In of which year, 95% of the company’s overall European sales volume will need to conform, although in 2021 all of its brand-new cars will count towards the average. If the target is actually missed, Daimler will be obliged to pay hefty fines.
“We haven’t done of which so far, because right right now the customer wouldn’t buy of which,” Weber said. “AMG customers tell us they want the sportiest performance option available in any given sector of the performance market. We don’t know when they will be ready for hybrid.
“although in our development department, we are already planning for the time when we will have to offer them something special. We have to be prepared of which, by 2020, of which could be necessary to introduce an AMG hybrid.”
Weber also gave guidance on the technology under consideration.
“A simple e-boost solution [similar to Mercedes’ current Bluetec Hybrid set-up, having a relatively modest battery along with also motor] could help us to add power along with also regenerate energy by braking,” he said. “of which also has the advantage of already being in large-volume production. The system has to be light along with also cheap.”
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