Mercedes-AMG to Add Electricity to Nearly Every Model

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Mercedes-AMG ONE

With the exception of the 45-series, all AMGs will come with the company’s electric supercharger mild-hybrid system.

When most think of the word “hybrid,” it’s usually attached to something that looks like an angry suppository meant to save the environment and one’s personal pocketbook by sucking the joy out of driving, something commuters don’t need help with as it is.

Thankfully, Mercedes-AMG plans to flip the script on the hybrid in the early 2020s. According to Road & Track, the high-performance subsidiary will have hybrids and (almost) only hybrids in its lineup beginning in 2021.

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan

“At the beginning of 2021, there will be no car launched without an electrified powertrain,” AMG boss Tobias Moers told Road & Track. “We’re heading fast in that direction … I think the share of electrified powertrains is going to be higher in the performance segments than in other segments in 2025. It’s the key to bringing that segment to the future.”

2019 Mercedes GLS 63 AMG

The first hybrids have already appeared, of course, beginning with the AMG 53-series introduced in 2018. Cars like the E53 come with a 3.0-liter turbo-six paired with a 48-volt electric supercharger. The combination mitigates turbo lag while providing big gains in power. The same tech recently was applied onto Mercedes-Benz’s new GLS850, this time with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from AMG.

Mercedes-AMG One

And of course, who can forget AMG’s cutting-edge One hypercar? The 48-volt system is paired with not only a 1.6-liter V6 straight out of Formula One, but a trio of electric motors at the crank and the front wheels. Moers said the electric front axle will likely find its way to other cars, especially those that will soon lose their V12s, like the 65-series. The only model not to receive the hybrid treatment, per Moers, is the 45-series.

The 2020s are going to be an interesting decade for Mercedes-AMG and its hybridization ambitions, and it’s only months away from kicking off in style.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

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