Mercedes Introduces E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid at Geneva

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC and BlueEFFICIENCY

In brief: Mercedes-Benz unveiled the E 300 BlueTEC diesel Hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show, showing their first diesel-electric hybrid for production.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz

The word

Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC

The hybrid debuted alongside two new iterations of the BlueEFFICIENCY diesels - the C 220 CDI and the E 250 CDI. The E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid is a diesel-electric hybrid, marking it as a first for Mercedes.

It is a production vehicle, which will release as a 2012 model to hit showrooms late next year. The car features the modular hybridization of the BlueTEC platform and pairs a 2.2L 4-cylinder diesel (CDI) engine (204hp) coupled with a hybrid system which includes a 15kW (20hp) motor.

The motor, as with all BlueTEC models, is positioned between the engine and the transmission (a 7-speed automatic). It is designed to both supplement the engine as a booster and to act as an generator/alternator during braking. It is also a starter for stop-start operation. It can drive the car all-electric for short distances at lower speeds.

Total output from the vehicle is 224hp and 580Nm (428lb-ft) of torque. The car achieves 57mpg (US) and joins the S 400 and ML 450 hybrids in Mercedes' lineup.

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It's also interesting to note that the AC compressor and power steering are both electric, removing them from the engine.

Photo credits: Mercedes-Benz

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