When it comes to a large operating range, optimised internal combustion engines represent the practice-oriented solution – engines such as those offered by Mercedes-Benz as part of the efficiency package.
The electric drive system E-CELL, meanwhile, is ideal for urban traffic, because already today it enables you to drive efficiently, producing zero local emissions and in a manner that conserves resources. In the future it will become increasingly important for our customers to be able to use the advantages of both drive systems in one vehicle. So there is a lot to be said for combining an electric motor and an internal combustion engine in a hybrid drive system. Especially if you have as much experience under your belt in both fields as Mercedes-Benz does.
In developing the BlueEFFICIENCY technology HYBRID, our aim is to combine the battery, electric motor, internal combustion engine and control electronics to optimum effect. Because we want our customers to derive maximum benefits from the strengths of both sources of power and receive the best possible solution for their individual conditions of use, without having to put up with any relevant restrictions in everyday operation. Through our current work on optimising the interplay of highest possible payload and range, our customers will be even more flexible when out on the road in future – both in town and cities and in the field of rural transport.