Mercedes-Benz, simply known as Mercedes, is a leading global luxury automative manufacturer based in Germany. The company is headquartered in Stuttgart and is famed for its high quality passenger vehicles, to include the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the company is also a leader in manufacturing commercial vehicles, to include the plug-in Mercedes eSprinter commercial EV and the plug-in Mercedes eVito electric van.
Mercedes-Benz EQ is the sub-brand used by the company for its portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The pure electric cars are branded as EQ, while the PHEVs are branded as EQ Power. The mild hybrid vehicles are branded as EQ Boost. The PHEV portfolio includes:
The Mercedes-Benz GLA premium compact SUV was introduced in 2013. It is the smallest SUV offered by the German manufacturer. The GLA PHEV SUV is available as a petrol/electric variant . PHEVs are appropriate for individuals and families:
Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving.
Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling.
Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations.
Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis.
Keen to save money.
It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.
The Mercedes-Benz PHEV has a 15.6 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 39 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 35 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!
At A Glance
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):
Available In UK:
Variants (3 Options)
GLA 250 e Exclusive Edition (from £40,395)
GLA 250 e Exclusive Edition Premium (from £41,895)
GLA 250 e Exclusive Edition Premium Plus (from £43,395)
An attractive exterior design and high interior quality
Higher tailpipe emissions (31g)
Respectable EV range (up to 39 miles)
Cheaper SUV PHEVs available
Good boot space
Not applicable for the PiCG incentive
EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:
EV Battery Capacity:
Available in one battery size: 15.6 kWh
On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
EV Cable Type:
6 years or 62,000 miles
Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh
Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.
Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):
6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):
3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):
0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
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