New Mercedes Benz C 350 e model goes on sale next month
As a plug-in hybrid, the C 350 e car combines a combustion engine with an electric drive system and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 6.38 kWh, which can be charged from an external power source. Thanks to an intelligent on board charging system, this takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes at a wallbox. A charging time of around two hours is achievable via a socket. Both the Saloon and the Estate model will be at dealerships from March 2015.
In practical use, this advanced hybrid technology impresses with low fuel consumption (just 2.1 liters per 100 km) and emission figures (CO2 emissions of 48/49 grams per km), and high performance: the electric motor is able to replace or support the combustion engine and makes use of energy generated while braking by converting it into electric energy, storing it and reusing it. The C 350 e also offers the range of driving up to 31 km in all-electric mode, and thus completely free of CO2 emissions locally, for example in the city.
From a displacement of just under two liters, the four-cylinder petrol engine in the C 350 e produces 155 kW (211 hp) and maximum torque of 350 newton meters. The electric motor has an output of up to 60 kW and delivers torque of 340 newton meters. A total system output of 205 kW (279 hp), as well as system torque of 600 newton meters, are thus available to be called upon by the standard-fit 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission.
The high overall system output and intelligent engine management give this model the driving dynamics of a sports car. The vehicle combines this with the ride comfort of a premium saloon, along with fuel consumption and environmental compatibility on a level that, until recently, would not even have been expected of many small cars.