DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche told the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that all future Mercedes models will come with a hybrid option—initially a mild hybrid—to reduce CO2 emissions.
We will develop no new vehicles that do not support a hybrid option.—Dieter Zetsche
Zetsche reaffirmed that Chrysler will have a full hybrid in 2008, with Mercedes to follow in 2009, albeit in the USA. “We do not exclude Germany and Europe,’ he noted, however.
DaimlerChrysler recently announced an extension of hybrid partnership with BMW to include the development of mild hybrid systems. (Earlier post.)
With the mild hybrid we can obtain 70 per cent of the effect of a full hybrid with 30 per cent of the expenditure.—Dieter Zetsche