Mercedes-AMG Carrying Plug-in Hybrids Across Portfolio

Mercedes-AMG has shed more light on its future high-performance plug-in hybrid plans.

In an interview with Automotive News, Tobias Moers, chairman of the Daimler division, said that the company plans to add plug-in hybrids to its lineup through the EQ Power+ subbrand launched in March at the Geneva auto show.

The first plug-in hybrid vehicle sketch diagram was shown prior to the name-brand launch, during the Detroit auto show in January. The hypercar concept debut will be held at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Formula 1-inspired Project One earlier will deliver at least 1,000 horsepower, the company said, and will come out at the end of 2018.

During the Geneva motor show, along with the EQ Power+ announcement, the company announced the AMG GT four-door plug-in hybrid concept, as seen in the photo above. That will join the production version of the hypercar sometime in 2018, the company said.

The GT “is the next level because the hypercar is a very dedicated layout,” Moers said. “With the GT concept, it gives you an understanding of how we define the future of performance in our standard platforms – in our so-to-speak more normal cars.”

The $2.3 million Project One hypercar will be limited to 275 units, which is what Moers described as a “very dedicated layout.”

The performance brand hasn’t given production volume on the GT plug-in hybrid, but that’s likely to be kept in limited numbers. While parent company Daimler wants to see 15 to 25 percent of its total vehicle volume to be electrified by 2025, it doesn’t seem to be counting on EQ Power+ as a high-volume part in the master plan.

Daimler’s EQ brand will be all-electric models overseen by Mercedes. Mercedes-AMG does have plans for that pure electric technology, as well.

“I would be wrong to tell you no,” he said. “I don’t know when down the road. But we are not changing the future. It is going to happen.”

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Moers said that the production version of the GT will start out as a conventional powertrain, but the plug-in hybrid will be “not far beyond.”

Without offering a specific time, he did that that plug-in hybrid variations will eventually be spread across the AMG portfolio.

“Yeah, why not? Because we are not able to change the future,” Moers said. “We have to adapt to these new requirements and regulations, and we have to move forward and find new innovative solutions.”

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