The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé 350 de Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé 350 de Plug-In Hybrid

Overview


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:



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The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de Coupé PHEV


The Mercedes-Benz GLE (formerly M-Class) premium mid-sized SUV was introduced in 1997. It is currently in its fourth generation, which was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The GLE PHEV Coupé is only available as a diesel/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 31.2 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 54 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 48 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!

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé 350 de Plug-In Hybrid
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de Coupé PHEV (credit: Mercedes)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Coupé
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Diesel-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
GLE 350 de AMG Line Premium Plus (from £72,215)

PROSCONS
An attractive exterior design and high interior qualityOnly available as a diesel/electric PHEV
Good battery size and EV range (up to 54 miles)An expensive PHEV. Cheaper alternatives available
Low tailpipe emissions (24g)Blind spots (rear view)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 31.2 kWh
Charging:60 kW DC charging (10-80%: 20 mins). On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:24g (CO2/km)
Warranty:6 years or 62,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh£1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • 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)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1730
Width (mm):2157
Length (mm):4939
Wheelbase (mm):2935
Turning Circle (m):11.8
Boot capacity (L):510

GLE 350 de 4MATIC AMG Line Coupé
EV Battery Capacity:31.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):53-54 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):25.9
Fuel Consumption (MPG):313.9
Charging:60 kW DC charging (10-80%: 20 mins). On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Top Speed:130 mph (electric: 53-62)
0-62 mph:6.9 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Max Power (hp):320 (system output)
Torque (Nm):700 (system output)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,690
Colours:11

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé 350 de Plug-In Hybrid SUV
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de Coupé PHEV (credit: Mercedes)

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé 350 de Plug-In Hybrid SUV
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de Coupé PHEV (credit: Mercedes)

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé 350 de Plug-In Hybrid SUV
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 de Coupé PHEV (credit: Mercedes)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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