German Automakers Make Big Push for Plug-in Hybrids

A trio of German automakers — Mercedes, Volkswagen and BMW — have aggressive plans for introducing plug-in hybrids.

Mercedes has announced plans to introduce 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017. That follows news that Volkswagen will launch over twenty electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over the next few years in China. BMW recently announced its first plug-in hybrid.

“Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on the way to the locally emission-free future of the automobile,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, a member of the Daimler board responsible for Mercedes research. “Plug-in hybrids offer our customers the best of two world. In the city, they drive all-electric. For long distances, they benefit from the range of the combustion engine.”

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