Okay, trying to post my first article in the electric vehicle forum for you guys. Hope you like it.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed specific details regarding its upcoming E 350 e PHEV (unveiled in the US recently at the NAIAS in January), including specs, assistance system, and DRIVE PILOT.
The specific details are still Euro-based, but the company also notes that the E 350e will arrive in the US in late 2016.
0-100 km/h (0-62 MPH) in 6.2 seconds
210 kW (286 hp) combined four-cylinder and electric motor
30 km (18.6 miles) of all-electric range (assumed based on NEDC scale – so like a dozen or so miles of real-world/EPA range)
2.1 liters per 100 km (112 mpg) fuel consumption
All-electric top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph)
AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension
Pre-entry climate control via Smartphone app
6.2 kW/hr lithium-ion battery
3 hour charging time via standard plug
4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with ESP stability control and the 4ETS (electronic traction system) will be standard on all E-Class vehicles.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has become the first production vehicle to receive a testing license for autonomous driving in Nevada. To do the testing, the company only has to make a few simple adjustments to the software for the assistance system. No changes to hardware are necessary.
Assistance system highlights:
Warns and intervenes if necessary
Detects inattentiveness and drowsiness
Assists with crosswinds
Applies Active Brake Assist
Assists and lessens common stresses of traditional driving
The E-Class has also added a new, more advanced, optional driving assistance package called DRIVE PILOT.
DRIVE PILOT highlights:
DISTRONIC Distance Pilot (automatically maintains safe distances)
Steering Pilot (maintains lane up to 210 km/h (130 MPH))
Auto operation of the gas pedal and the brake
COMAND online function to detect speed limit signs
Active Emergency Stop Assist
Active Lane Change Assist
Evasive Steering Assist
Pricing has not yet been announced.