Mercedes-Benz announced last year an aggressive hybridization plan to launch 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017. The plan indicated strongly that the company was done with the launch of conventional hybrids. However, that’s probably not the case. A new report from Autocar UK says that the German automaker is looking to get back to conventional hybrids by the end of the decade.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, suggested the British publication that following the expansion of the plug-in hybrid range, conventional hybrids could return. He said that there is an opportunity in that segment close to 2020. The company could return to the non plug-in hybrid business with the A-Class, he added. The A-Class is not confirmed to get a hybrid variant, but the hybrid tech itself would return towards the end of the decade.