Key topics: Plug-In Hybrid – future inside

Mar 9, 2016
The E 350 e impresses with its exceptionally dynamic performance (0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds) and efficiency (2.1 litres per 100 kilometres – corresponding to 49 grams of CO2 per kilometre) and allows around 30 kilometres of all-electric and therefore locally emission-free driving at a top speed of up to 130 km/h. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 210 kW (286 hp) with a system torque of 550 Nm. In addition, the E 350 e comes as standard with AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension as well as pre-entry climate control that can be controlled from a smartphone app.
The high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 6.2 kWh can be charged from an external power source. Thanks to an on-board charging system, this takes around one and a half hours at a wallbox. A charging time of around three hours is achievable via a standard domestic socket.
Technical data
Internal combustion engine:
Number of cylinders/arrangement
4/in-line
Displacement (cc)
1991
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)
155/211 at 5500
Rated torque (Nm)
350
Electric motor:
Output (kW)
max. 65
Torque (Nm)
440
System output (kW/hp)
210/286
System torque (Nm)
550
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
6.2
Top speed (km/h)
246
Top speed, electric (km/h)
130
Fuel consumption (combined) from (l/100 km)
2.1
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)
49
Electric range (km)
Over 30
Total battery capacity (kWh)
6.2
 
A hybrid is efficient, dynamic and straightforward to drive
Working in the background, intelligent engine management selects the ideal combination of combustion engine and electric motor automatically. If desired, the driver can regulate the hybrid interplay and driving characteristics for themselves with the help of four operating modes (HYBRID, E-MODE, E-SAVE and CHARGE) and five transmission modes, which emphasise economy, comfort or sportiness, for example.
If a destination is programmed into the navigation system, an intelligent operating strategy controls charge and discharge of the high-voltage battery to ensure optimal use of energy over the entire route. Another aim of this route-based operating strategy is to reach urban areas with a fully charged battery if possible, so that the vehicle can be driven efficiently in stop-and-go traffic – and frequently in electric mode.
A so-called haptic accelerator pedal facilitates economical driving. When the driver feels a resistance point, they know that maximum electric performance is being delivered and that the combustion engine will kick in if they depress the accelerator pedal further. A double impulse prompts the driver to take their foot off the accelerator pedal – say, for independent deceleration through the generator effect of the electric motor if the distance warning system provided as standard detects a slower-moving vehicle in front. This recovers energy and avoids frequent braking, particularly in stop-and-go traffic.
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