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Hi All,

Just got a 2016 c350e and I really enjoy being able to do short journeys using electric only but would love to have a bit more electric range. So I have a couple of questions to throw out there:

1. Would it be possible to use the lithium battery from a B250e (I think its a Tesla battery called the E18-2 evo???) in the c350e in place of the M14-1? Or is it like trying to put an AA battery in an AAA slot? Are they different sizes and technology etc?

2. Will there be an aftermarket battery service/upgrade that will enable plugin hybrid owners to increase their battery range by swapping out their old battery for a new one with more range? I suppose production of lithium batteries is so expensive that this is a way off yet?

On a side note, I think the only way forward will be a removable battery blade/cylinder for electric cars. Tesla did demo it with the model S but scrapped it. Ultimately, an easily removable battery is the only way forward in the long term (in my opinion) when considering all factors. You will buy/rent a rechargeable fuel/battery cell and slide it in to your car. Would be nice to hear what others think.

Thanks,

Chris
 

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I think in general you'll find that the space for a battery in a PHEV is completely filled by the factory provided battery, and even if you found a different battery with a higher density to replace the original it would be very difficult to fit it and connect all the sensors, cooling and/or heating in that tight space.

Short answer: no.
 
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