A man by the name of Herbert Kohler, head of Daimler’s E-Drive and Future Mobility unit, said that the company is moving as fast as it can on hybrid technologies. The company is expected to offer hybrid versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class and plug-in hybrid S-Class in the United States and Europe within three years to meet global fuel-economy standards.
“We have a leading position in the premium segment concerning alternative propulsion systems, and we will defend it,” Kohler said.
Sources say that the C-Class and E-Class full hybrids will be launched in Europe before 2013. The S-Class plug-in hybrid will be launched in 2014. U.S. versions of the vehicles will follow six months later.
Mercedes-Benz currently offers the S400 as a mild hybrid and the M-Class as a full hybrid in the United States.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Automotive News