Mercedes-Benz will roll out a number of plug-in hybrid models this year, according to a report by Autocar UK. The move is part of the company’s multi-billion euro strategy to electrify its entire range by 2022, and will see a total of about 10 PHEV models get introduced in 2019.

Currently, the company offers plug-in hybrid versions of the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, with the latter set to be completely redesigned by 2020. Before that, the GLC and GLE SUVs are set to receive the powertrain, followed by the A-Class to take on the Audi A3 e-tron.

The powertrain for the compact car range is said to use a 1.3 litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with a 90 hp electric motor, which will also make its way into the latest B-Class and forthcoming GLB.

Offering plug-in hybrid variants is just one way Mercedes-Benz plans to meet demanding CO2 regulations, with other technologies being its EQ Boost 48-volt mild hybrid and its EQ range of all-electric vehicles.

Claus Ehlers, the company’s powertrain strategy boss, said plug-in hybrids were “an important step in the move towards e-mobility, because they enable the majority of customers to do many daily short drives without producing any local emissions.”

He added that mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles were still relevant, as EV uptake among customers remained uncertain. To ensure rapid adaptability, the development of the company’s electric car architecture and powertrains allowed for EVs to be built on the same production line as cars with conventional combustion engines.