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Mercedes Planning to Launch 10 New Plug-Ins by 2017

German maker will launch new PHEV every four months.

by on Mar.18, 2015

Thew new Mercedes-Benz C350e will debut this month as the maker's second plug-in hybrid.

Just weeks after revealing a new plug-in hybrid prototype at the Geneva Motor Show, the Concept V-ision e, Mercedes-Benz says it plans to add 10 new PHEVs to its line-up by 2017, a pace that will see one of the new models roll out, on average, every four months.

The German maker launched its first barely a year ago, the S500 Plug-In Hybrid, and it will follow it this month with the addition of the new Mercedes C350e. By the time the strategic initiative is completed, Mercedes will offer a plug-based version of virtually all of its major product lines.

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“Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on the road to the local emission-free future of the automobile,” said Thomas Weber, the Mercedes board member overseeing R&D.


First Drive: 2010 Lexus HS250h

World’s first dedicated luxury hybrid.

by on May.26, 2009

The 2010 Lexus HS250h is the world's first dedicated luxury hybrid.

The 2010 Lexus HS250h is the world's first dedicated luxury hybrid.

The Toyota Prius is the world’s most popular hybrid-electric vehicle.  It’s also the most distinctive.  Indeed, it may be one of the easiest cars on the road to recognize, a factor that’s definitely played well to folks who like to make their “green” leanings as obvious as possible.

So it should come as no surprise that Toyota decided to use the same strategy when it began working up the design for the fourth hybrid offering from its luxury division, Lexus.  The 2010 Lexus HS250h is also the brand’s first HEV-only model.  Unlike the RX400h, LS600h and GS450h, the new HS is being offered with only a battery-electric powertrain.

To get a better feel for the 2010 Lexus HS250h, we headed out West to drive the sedan along the environmentally-friendly, in sentiment anyway, Los Angeles coast.  The new sedan isn’t quite as distinctive as the love-it-or-hate-it Prius design, though it’s decidedly different from anything else in the Lexus line-up, inside and out.

Despite some earlier reports, the HS250h isn’t a rebadged Prius. In fact, it shares much of its underlying platform with Toyota’s midsize Avensis – essentially a European version of the Camry. So, while it’s designed to slot into the Lexus line-up alongside the IS sedan, the HS is actually a wee bit longer, and a fair bit taller.