Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid proves to be faster and more fuel-efficient

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 10, 2014

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid is an impressive vehicle but it appears that is even more fuel-efficient and faster than the German manufacturer told us last year. According to the recent press release from the German carmaker, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds (previous press release said 5.5 seconds), while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.

Moreover, the vehicle has a certified fuel consumption of just 2.8 lires per 100 km (previous press release said 3 l/100 km), emits only 65 g/km of CO2 and can travel 33 km (20 mph) on electric power.

For those who don’t know, the 2014 S500 Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine that generates 328 hp and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque, paired with an electric motor that develops 107 hp (80 kW) and 340 Nm of torque.

The total output developed by the hybrid system is 435 hp (325 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. What’s more interesting is that the new S500 Plug-In Hybrid can be wirelessly charged thanks to the new inductive charging system developed by Daimler and BMW.

As you may know already, the inductive charging system uses a secondary coil integrated under the tray of the car, while a primary coil is integrated into a floor plate that can be placed on a garage floor for instance.

The electric energy is transmitted contact-free without the need of a cable, at a power rate of 3.6 kW and with a degree of efficiency of 90%.

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