• Oct 7th 2008 at 4:21PM
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Mercedes Benz S400 BlueHybrid

Next year's arrival of the S400 BlueHybrid appears to be just the first stage of a massive move to hybridazition of the brand's lineup. The ML450 is scheduled to get a Two-Mode hybrid late next year, pending resolution of issues with battery supplier Cobasys. A new generation of the high-volume mid-sized E-class arrives sometime in 2009 and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche reportedly told media in Paris last week that it, too, will get the hybrid treatment. The smaller C-Class that debuted in 2007 gets a refresh in 2011 that is also expected to add an electric motor into the drivetrain package. The C and E are both likely to use the smaller, less expensive mild hybrid system that goes into the S rather than the larger Two-Mode. Finally, Zetsche had good news for EV fans when he said the company expects to be producing 12-15,000 electric Smarts per year starting in 2012.

[Source: eGMCarTech]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I was hoping for higher volume and sooner for the Smart EVs. In 4 years I'll have a much bigger choice... Why not fast track their concept--which is already running mules and get this to market before even the Volt?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, 2012!? For a Smart ED?

      Mercedes Benz is dragging it heels if you ask me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "producing 12-15,000 electric Smarts per year starting in 2012." I'm willing to bet that this is for Europe sales, US coming in a couple years after that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good news!

      But a brand like Mercedes should lead the movement of hybrids. Now they are following the steps of toyota.

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