Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the latest eco friendlier C class car, the C350 Plugin Hybrid new for 2016.
The C350 features the gas-electric technology that was developed for the range-topping S-Class. The hybrid drivetrain consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor integrated into a hybrid-specific seven-speed automatic transmission.
Electricity is stored in a 220-pound water-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged via a regular household outlet, through a wallbox or by simply using the energy that is generated while braking.
Combined these two power sources generate 275 horsepower and 443 foot-pounds of torque giving the C350 a top speed of 130 mph and a respectable zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Alternatively, the C350 can drive on electricity alone for 20 miles at speeds of up to 80 mph.
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