With car companies focusing more and more on alternative energy sources, it was only a matter of time before we started getting entire platforms based on these hybrid system.
Volvo and Volkswagen already have their special platforms, and now Mercedes is ready to join that club with it’s brand new Hybrid EV Platform.
This platform was revealed at TecDay in Stuttgart and gives tough competition to other electric cars in terms of both cost and range.
It uses Lithium-ion Batteries to power itself, with additional support for Wireless Charging and a Hydrogen Plug-in hybrid.
The platform will be shared by almost the entire Mercedes lineup, giving them the chance to create cheaper electronic vehicles that can share parts with each others.
Between the batteries and the hydrogen technology, the new cars developed on this platform are expected to have a drive range of more than 500 km (311 mi) on a single charge.
However, even with this range, Mercedes is still marketing this platform for city cars; at least until charging and energy density can be improved further.
The company is betting big on this technology, with hopes that consumers will be able to buy the entire range of Mercedes cars and SUVs in electric form, by the end of the next decade or two.
Between these new platforms and the open nature of current alternate energy research, we too can expect a more sustainable future for hybrid vehicles.