http://www.wheelsmag DOT com.au/news/1606/mercedes-unveils-upgrades-for-its-2017-hybrid/
Dont know why the Mollom Monkey let me print the link but not the article.
I tried anyway
Going forward the choice will be between the 48V “mild” system and high voltage models with sizeable battery packs. The S300h – the four-cylinder diesel version that’s offered in Europe – will be given a battery pack and turned into a plug-in hybrid, presumably also being rebadged as the S300e under Merc’s still-fresh naming convention.
Mercedes -Benz -S-Class -interiorThe S500e will also be the first Benz to come with the option of wireless inductive charging, with the system working like a scaled-up version of those that replenish electric toothbrushes or top-end mobile phones. Current is sent through a floor-mounted baseplate and – thanks to the magic of electromagnetic waves – will be transmitted to a secondary coil fitted underneath the S-Class.
To work, the system needs an air gap no greater than 160mm, but can transmit power at up to 3.6kW. Mercedes claims the system will be 90 percent efficient, with sensors allowing charging to start automatically as soon as the car is in place.
To help with that there will be an on-board cockpit display to help maneuver the S directly over its charging pad, or alternatively, buyers will be able to make use of the autonomous parking option that should be able to do a millimetre perfect job.
The S500e will also continue to have a charging port for old-fashioned plug in charging.
Thanks for printing the article vperl.
You should alwways give credits to the publisher/writer though..
Cant understand why Mollom monkey likes you and not me.
Oh, yes I do.
WOW 50km range.....and in 2025 they predict double that, to 100km....WOW
Conventional car makers have too many patents on ICE and engineers plus factory tools that only know ICE.
Don't expect any good EV from conventional car makers.
50km, that is 31 miles!
But that's just the beginning.
"We’re told that a 2025 S-Class will have twice the capacity and EV range as the current car".
62 miles, can you bilieve that?
“It’s a good indication of the speed battery technology is developing,” Jochen Strenkert, Mercedes’ head of plug-in hybrid powertrains told us at the company’s Future Technology day in Stuttgart…
Future Technology! Now that's vision!
Isn't that a plug in Prius
S-Class is MB-s flagship model. Making its owners very proud to "define luxury" and to outsell Model S back in 2014.
Here are year to date sales numbers for S Class since 2014:
2014 - 9451,
2015 - 8987,
2016 - 7006.
Hang in S class owners there. The help is on its way. Mercedes has vision for Future Technology and has now appointed head of plug-in hybrid power train. That's his second part-time job.
It is also noteworthy that current model of S Class is relatively new one introduced in late 2013. I don't know the exact costs of it, but a luxury car model may cost as much as 1 billion. In all likelihood manufacturers plan to recoup these costs for up to a decade. There is no coincidence the article speaks about next model for 2025. Little face lifts in between don't count.
Unless MB management comes up with some form of turnaround relatively soon, comes 2025 and the best known fact about Mercedes will be the one that they indeed saved Tesla from bankruptcy in 2010.
120 years learning to get it right, they still cant build a reliable 'ICE' gearbox.
Perhaps going to an EV drivetrain will get them out of trouble.
But then we know drivetrain is possibly TM's most vicious problem too. At least they are 5 years ahead, or was that 50?
Would you buy a MB out of warranty?
More releases from MB:
http://gadgets.ndtv DOT com/others/news/daimler-to-unveil-long-distance-electric-car-in-october-848471