Mercedes-Benz A-Class plug-in hybrid powertrain production begins

By CARSIFU | 2 March 2020

RASTATT (Germany): Mercedes-Benz has reached its new milestone in its global production network as it begin production of its plugin hybrid drive for its compact vehicles —  the A 250 e hatch and A 250 e sedan.

The plant is located in Rastatt, southern Germany, which also produce conventional powertrains on the same line as well.

The plugin hybrid powertrain — dubbed EQ Power by Mercedes-Benz, provides the A 250 e with a 1.33-litre four-cylinder engine that's combined with a 75kW electric motor.

The pairing of the engine with the motor results in a total output of 218hp and a 450Nm of torque.

Managing power delivery to the front wheels is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which allows for a 0 to 100kph sprint time of just 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 235kph.

Produktion der A-Klasse Plug-in Hybrid im Mercedes-Benz Werk Rastatt erfolgreich gestartet: Die A-Klasse mit Plug-In Hybridantrieb wird im Mercedes-Benz Werk Rastatt auf derselben Linie gebaut wie Autos mit konventionellem Antrieb. Ein spezielles Handlinggerät unterstützt die Beschäftigten dabei die Batterie auf das Fahrwerk zu legen. A 250 e (Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert 1,5-1,4 l/100 km, Stromverbrauch kombiniert 15,0-14,8 kWh/100 km, elektrische Reichweite 74 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert 34-33 g/km), A 250 e Limousine (Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert 1,4 l/100 km, Stromverbrauch kombiniert 14,8 -14,7 kWh/100 km, elektrische Reichweite 75 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert 33-32 g/km)* Successful Production Launch of the A-Class Plug-In Hybrid at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt Plant: the A-Class with plug-in hybrid drive is being produced on the same line at as models with conventional drive systems. A special handling device assists workers in placing the battery into the chassis. A 250 e combined fuel consumption 1.5-1.4 l/100 km, combined power consumption 15.0-14.8 kWh/100 km, electric range 74 km, combined CO2 emissions 34-33 g/km), A 250 e Sedan (combined fuel consumption 1.4 l/100 km, combined power consumption 14.8 -14.7 kWh/100 km, electric range 75 km, combined CO2 emissions 33-32 g/km)*

The hybrid module which drives the A-Class is extremely compact: the electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed dual clutch transmission. For the first time on a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the combustion engine is started exclusively by the electric motor - the compact hybrids do not have a separate starter.

Powering the electric motor is a 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery that can be charged via alternating or direct current (AC or DC).

The high-voltage batteries are produced from the wholly-owned Mercedes-Benz subsidiary Accumotive.

Since 2012, battery systems for electric and electrified vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and smart as well as commercial vehicles are produced in Kamenz in the east of Germany.

The site in Kamenz, consisting of two battery factories, is state-of-the-art and one of the largest in the global automotive industry.

In total, the battery production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars will consist of nine factories at seven locations on three continents.