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Dr. Jens Cierullies Head of Hybrid and eDrive Development A Mercedes-AMG is pure emotion. Dr. Jens Cierullies has the ambition to create electric drive systems that further enhance the performance characteristics of a Mercedes-AMG. Following the completion of his studies in electrical engineering at the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Jens Cierullies moved to Sindelfingen in 2003 to work in the Mercedes-Benz development department. In 2006, he completed his dissertation in the field of information technology in mechanical engineering. In 2013, Cierullies transferred to Mercedes-AMG in order to assume control of E/E development. Since the summer of 2015, he has led the development of hybrid and electric drivetrains. If the father of two has any time left after his job and family, he spends his time playing sports or guitar. Dr. Cierullies, you are on a very special mission at Mercedes-AMG. How would you describe it yourself? My team and I are working on conveying the typical characteristics of a Mercedes-AMG into an electrified future. Hybrid drives, electric drives — these are technologies whose potential really inspires us. Many AMG fans think otherwise. They have a hard time imagining a Mercedes- AMG with a hybrid or electric drivetrain. Is that something you can understand? Of course, because after all AMG grew to its current size with combustion engines. Our brand still thrives like it always has on their thrilling dynamics and the typical AMG characteristics of these spectacular engines. But if you saw the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept with EQ Power+ technology that we introduced in March, you’ll know for sure that we are not going to change a single thing about this recipe for success. Quite the contrary. Can you please explain that in more detail? Well, our engines certainly don’t need any electric “assistance”. But with their immense torque and instantaneous response, electric motors can help even the most powerful combustion engine to deliver an even more compelling driving experience. Just imagine an AMG engine that can provide an immediately responsive boost — electric extra hyper-performance — at any time. 130


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