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ELEC­TRI­FIED vari­ants of the new Mercedes A-Class are in the pipe­line. Head of pow­er­train de­vel­op­ment for the car, Oliver Ebelsheiser, con­firmed the hatch­back will soon have a ver­sion with bat­tery propul­sion.

He said: “We will have elec­tri­cal ve­hi­cles in each and ev­ery plat­form in the fu­ture. This in­cludes the new com­pact car plat­form, mean­ing it will have an elec­tri­fied vari­ant.”

Ebelsheiser also sug­gested both hy­brid and all-elec­tric ver­sions of the car were un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, with the for­mer more likely to come first. He added: “We are think­ing about both, but hy­brid def­i­nitely makes sense as there are ri­vals out there with hy­brids in that ve­hi­cle range. We will have the same.”

Mercedes-Benz cur­rently of­fers a num­ber of hy­brid op­tions across its range – such as on the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class - while its sta­ble­mate brand Smart of­fers all-elec­tric vari­ants of the ForTwo and ForFour city cars.

The firm also re­vealed the Con­cept EQA at last year’s Frank­furt Mo­tor Show, pre­view­ing an al­l­elec­tric hatch­back packed with tech.

The new Mercedes A-Class is also launch­ing with one diesel engine, and de­spite the on-go­ing war against diesel, Ebelsheiser is con­fi­dent more black-pump ver­sions will ap­pear in the fu­ture.

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