Mercedes is gearing up to introduce a new C-Class so the company is taking a look back at some of its predecessors.

Mercedes is gearing up to introduce a new C-Class so the company is taking a look back at some of its predecessors.

While everyone remembers the petrol and diesel variants, Mercedes was a pioneer in electric vehicles as they introduced the 190 E Elektro at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show. It featured sodium/nickel chloride batteries and two electric motors that each produced 22 HP (16 kW). Given the limits of the technology, the car weighed about 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) and only had a range of 110 km (68 miles).

A few years later, Mercedes introduced another electric vehicle at the 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show. It had an asynchronous electric motor that produced 48 HP (35 kW). Thanks to the advanced Zero-Emission Battery Research Activities (ZEBRA) batteries, the car has similar interior dimensions to the standard model and a range of approximately 110 km (68 miles).

The 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show also saw the introduction of two hybrid prototypes which "provided key information for the introduction of hybrid technology into production at Mercedes-Benz several years later."

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