This 1980's Electric Mercedes Prototype Didn't Solve The Oil CrisisMáté Petrány9/17/13 4:00pmFiled to: electric carssecret carsmercedes-benzmercedes w123193EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWhat you see here is a 41 horsepower plug-in hybrid from 1982. No, Mercedes wasn't serious about it.Remember the BMW 1602 packed with batteries from 1972? Well, this is something similar from a decade later. For the 32nd annual Hanover Trade Fair, Mercedes-Benz wanted to demonstrate that they too realized how serious the Oil Crisis was. So, they made a very slow car.