Mercedes-Benz is currently adopting a “two-pronged” strategy, while promoting the electrification of its high-performance sub-brand AMG in the plug-in hybrid and pure electric fields. With plug-in hybrid products, Mercedes-Benz has eased consumers’ mileage anxiety about BEV products while launching the AMG pure electric vehicle market. “We are bringing the brand’s iconic DNA into the electrified future with a new drive strategy,” said Philipp Schiemer, global president of Mercedes-AMG.
Economic Daily-China Economic Net comprehensive foreign report, Mercedes-Benz is currently adopting a “two-pronged” strategy, while promoting the electrification process of its high-performance sub-brand AMG in the field of plug-in hybrid and pure electric. The first all-electric AMG model will be unveiled this year, with the U.S. market first in 2022.
With plug-in hybrid products, Mercedes-Benz has eased consumers’ mileage anxiety about BEV products while launching the AMG pure electric vehicle market. Sam Fiorani, vice president of AutoForecast Solutions, bluntly said, “Mercedes-Benz combines a fuel-efficient engine with a pure electric approach, which not only reduces the daily use of gasoline, but also provides support when extra power is needed.”
“We are bringing the brand’s iconic DNA into the electrified future with a new drive strategy,” said Philipp Schiemer, global president of Mercedes-AMG. “Those who see Mercedes-AMG as a 21st century performance luxury brand of consumers are our potential customers in the future.”
In order to achieve carbon neutrality goals and avoid hefty fines, Daimler’s passenger car brand, Mercedes-Benz, plans to have plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles worldwide by 2030. more than 50% of sales; meanwhile, sales of combustion engine models will decrease by 70%. And AMG’s accelerated electrification process could allow Mercedes-Benz to drastically reduce its carbon footprint.
“As emissions regulations become stricter and consumers become more accustomed to electric vehicles, Mercedes-AMG will continue to increase the supply of pure electric vehicles and eventually replace plug-in hybrids,” said Sam Fiorani.
It is understood that Mercedes-AMG’s hybrid system is derived from Mercedes-AMG’s Formula One car – Project ONE hypercar. This hybrid system utilizes AMG eight-cylinder, four-cylinder engines and battery power to provide power output, so that the new car has more than 804 horsepower, and the acceleration time of 0 to 60 mph is only 3 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG said the hybrid system it developed would place a motor with a 6.1-kilowatt-hour battery above the rear axle, which would not only improve the vehicle’s weight and handling, but also allow the vehicle to start, accelerate and overtake have extra power. “The powertrain uses a two-speed gear set on the engine to keep it running at high speeds without losing efficiency,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Guidehouse Insights.
For the battery of this plug-in hybrid system, the new thermal management system adopted by Mercedes-AMG can ensure that the heat can be evenly distributed, thereby ensuring the performance and service life of the battery. AMG’s engineers have developed a new millimeter-scale module that enables the individual cooling of 560 lithium-ion cells.
This new cooling technology allows Mercedes-AMG to put more high-power batteries into the vehicle, improving power performance while reducing the battery’s weight and footprint. It is understood that the battery of the Mercedes-AMG plug-in hybrid system weighs 196 pounds and has a power density of 1.7 kW/kg, or 1 horsepower per pound. By comparison, conventional batteries have half the power density.
In addition, the Mercedes-AMG plug-in hybrid system also draws on another F1 technology, which is to solve the problem of turbo lag by installing an electric motor in the turbocharger. This technology allows the engine to instantly generate torque, which in turn allows the vehicle to reach full speed in an instant.