Plug-in hybrids are a key technology as we progress towards the locally emissions-free future of the automobile. At Mercedes-Benz they bear the EQ Power technology label in order to underscore their important role in the electrification of the automobile. Plug-in hybrids offer customers the benefits of both worlds: they run entirely on electrical power in the city, while on long journeys they benefit from the range of the combustion engine in combination with the electric propulsion system. This results in improved efficiency, a more comfortable driving experience and handling, and a long range. Since the benefits of plug-in hybrids come particularly to the fore in larger vehicles and with mixed route profiles, Mercedes-Benz is currently backing this form of propulsion for the C-Class and above. The smart, modular hybrid concept from Mercedes-Benz is an important advantage in the hybrid initiative.