The Mercedes C 350 e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) possesses full lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions up to 41% lower than the the gas powered Mercedes C 250, according to an analysis confirmed by the German Technical Inspection Agency, TÜV Süd.
To be more specific, when charging with the typical European electricity mix, CO2 emissions are up to 26% lower (~9.6 tonnes); and when recharging with renewable energy sources, CO2 emissions are up to 41% lower (~15.1 tonnes).
‘Full lifecycle’ in this case refers to the cumulative emissions resulting from: the manufacture of the vehicle, use for more than ~125,000 miles, and the recycling of the vehicle. The analysis is outlined in a ‘LifeCycle’ brochure for the new PHEV model.
Certified fuel consumption for the sedan and wagon versions are 98–112 mpg, with up to 19 miles in all-electric range.
The above-mentioned brochure provides a bit more information:
As a plug-in hybrid, the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e combines efficiency, dynamic spirit and comfort on an extraordinarily high level. Both the saloon and the estate model captivate with the performance of a sports car while nonetheless delivering a certified fuel consumption of just 2.4 – 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres (55 – 48 g CO2/km) and up to 31 kilometres of all-electric driving. Both the saloon and the estate model are equipped with air suspension and pre-entry climate control as standard, delivering a unique level of ride quality and climate comfort.
The CEO of Daimler Group, Anke Kleinschmit, commented: “The plug-in hybrid of the C-Class is a great example of why only the comprehensive view shows a complete image of the environmental impact. Because the inevitably more intensive use of resources in production is more than compensated for by the significantly better ecobalance during operation.”
Image Credits: Daimler
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