To comply with tightening emission regulations, Mercedes-AMG has pledged to offer a plug-in hybrid variant for every new model in line with the three-pointed star’s electrification plan to reduce fleet CO2 emissions.
According to AutoCar UK, the first PHEV AMG is expected to arrive in 2020. Unlike the PHEVs offered on regular Mercedes-Benz models, the AMG PHEVs will feature the EQ Power+ branding just like the brand’s Formula 1 race car. Besides the capability of zero-emission driving, the EQ Power+ is also calibrated primarily to provide extra performance.
Head of External Affairs for Emissions at Mercedes-Benz, Frank Overmeyer said “The battery itself and the application, including the electric motor, will be the same, and you can have a significant boost [in performance] that will reduce the range, but the experience will be better. Same battery, same drivetrain, different application. In an SUV, it might offer 100 km. It might only be 60 km or 70 km in an AMG.”
Currently, Mercedes-AMG offers a number of mild-hybrid variants that share the “53” moniker. They feature an EQ Boost 48V Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) that delivers additional 16 kW (21 hp) and 250 Nm of torque to promote better efficiency.
“All the AMG vehicles will be available in the future with plug-in hybrids as an option, mild hybrid is not the strategy of AMG, because the emissions savings are too small,” added Overmeyer.