The bet diesel-hybrid Mercedes has a great question: the price


The Audi Duo III was the first diesel hybrid in series production, although it is not sold or 100 copies

more than 20 years Ago that was tested for the first time the diesel technology-hybrid in cars in series production with the Audi Duo, that combined the 1.9 TDI (90 HP) with an electric motor. In the prototype stage there was a version plug-in, and that was in ¡1992!

Various manufacturers had prototypes 10 years ago to verify the feasibility of the concept, such as Opel, Volkswagen, Peugeot or SsangYong, but the idea continued to convince them. as of 2010, they broke the deck three manufacturers: Volvo, PSA (Peugeot and DS) and Mercedes-Benz.

models of pre-production shown in Geneva by the mark of the star are third generation of the hybrid technology of the house. If it is risky commercially, the diesel hybrid, but it still is the diesel plug-in hybrid. This design has a major advantage in the face of threats of quitting able to circulate in urban centres.


Prototype hybrid diesel Mercedes EQ (sub-electrified)

This advantage is called electric range, zero emissions. Redesigning the cells of the battery, and using lithium-nickel-manganese, are achieved 37 Ah of capacity, which translates into about 50 kilometers without the need of the diesel engine. Even can travel up to 140 km/h with electricity, though obviously at a shorter distance.

The conventional hybrid, as the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2011, barely have electric range, two to three kilometers as a general rule, as they accumulate little energy on board in the absence of an external source that feeds the batteries: this solution saves weight and space. To roll more miles are needed batteries of higher capacity.

travelling nearly 50 miles without oil, these cars happen to be considered to be “zero emissions”, so that they can move in a sustainable way by the city, without polluting the environment locally, and to travel long distances with the diesel engine with a eficicencia more than acceptable, and without the fear to stay without charge.


Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID (2011)

in Addition, this solution has additional benefits: problems the systems anti-pollution iran very least, because if there is something that you repatea to a diesel engine modern is to move by the urban traffic: low speed, low temperature, gradually go jamming with venom, and just resulting in costly breakdowns.

reliability is one of the weak points of the modern diesel

Mercedes has placed the systems anti-pollution close to the engine, so it will be hotter and your performance will be better. The combination of both solutions, the hybridization and the removal of catalysts, filters, and others, will have an important consequence: long-term will be diesel very very reliable.

With these premises, it seems very reasonable to give the reason to the manufacturer: – diesel technology can improve, there is no resort to the easy, which is to ban it. All is not gold that glitters, and now there is talk of the drawbacks of this solution, starting with the most obvious: this cheap will have nothing.


The idea is interesting, combining a diesel with an electric, the best of both worlds, but also some of their drawbacks

The sales of the C-Class and E-Class hybrids (no trade name yet) will begin in the summer, and are still homologando and validated. Does not have defined benefits, power (we only know that they are 700 Nm combined), excise officers nor the most important: prices.

If you already the diesel engines in cars Premium are not cheap, and since we are talking about two premium, more, hybridization and the battery of 13.5 kWh, that no one is escandalice if you spend 45,000 euros or 50,000. At least everything is very offset by the obvious reduction in taxes, since that standardize consumption peeled oil.

therefore, Mercedes-Benz has reason to average. You can save the diesel engine-based technology, but… how is that how much it costs?

If there are no restrictions of cost, it can make for the escape exit an air as clean as an operating room. The question is: how much price premium are you willing to pay for the customer by having a clean diesel? As we shall see, but I don’t have much faith in it, given the “commercial success” of the previous attempts: you can spend very little, but if there is no way of amortizarlos…