Plug-In Hybrid and Full Electric Mercedes-AMG Road Cars Possible

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Plug-In Hybrid and Full Electric Mercedes-AMG Road Cars Possible

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz announced the Mercedes-AMG Project One, a hybrid hypercar project aimed to take on the hybrid LaFerrari, and to a certain extent, the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 and McLaren P1.  

The hypercar is also expected to debut the brand’s F1 car’s EQ Power+ branding for its hybrid powertrain on a road car.

Now, the head of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division has suggested that Mercedes-AMG will attempt to push for a plug-in hybrid AMG model in the near future.

When asked by USA’s Automotive News on the potential of plug-in hybrid AMG models, Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG said, "Yeah, why not? Because we are not able to change the future. We have to adapt to these new requirements and regulations, and we have to move forward and find new innovative solutions.”

He also added that pure electric vehicles will have also have a place in AMG’s future.

"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."

Full electric AMG models are not new. In 2013, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz sold a small number of limited production SLS AMG Electric Drive – an all-wheel drive EV supercar that produces 740 hp and 1000 Nm of torque. 

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz also showcased its AMG GT Concept sedan at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept previews an upcoming four-door coupe version of the company’s AMG GT hypercar.

The concept car also debuted the brand’s F1-derived EQ Power+ hybrid powertrain brand on a road car, suggesting that hybrid, or even plug-in hybrid AMG models are in the plans.  

"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," said Moers.

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