The third hybrid model of the brand new 2014 S-Class arrived today and as expected it is the S500 Plug-In Hybrid. Set to make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid. The new vehicle is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine delivering 328 hp and 480 Nm of torque, paired with an electric motor that offers 107 hp (80 kW) and 340 Nm of torque.
With these numbers, the S500 Plug-In Hybrid is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. Now here is the cool part: the 2014 S500 Plug-In Hybrid has a fuel consumption of just 3 liters per 100 km and emits just 69g of CO2.
Furthermore, the 2014 S500 Plug-In Hybrid offers four hybrid operating modes: Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge. In the E-Mode, the S-Class can act as a pure electric car and has a range limited to 30 km, while in the E-Save mode, the fully charged battery is reserved to be able to drive on electric power alone later.
Charge mode means that the battery is charged while driving. The operating strategy of the hybrid drive system not only accounts for the current driving condition and driver input, but also adjusts to the likely route (inclines, downhill stretches, bends or speed limits) for the next eight kilometres.
The Mercedes Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid’s battery is fitted into the S-Class’ rear end in order to save space. Charging the battery using conventional domestic power socket is made easy with the intelligent on-board charging system. In the future, supplying electricity to the car is going to be easier through inductive and cable-less charging.
Electric energy for the S500 Plug-In Hybrid is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack on lithium-iron phosphate basis. What’s more, this water-cooled energy storage unit boasts a 114-kg total weight, an 8.7-kWh overall capacity, and a 96-liter spatial volume.
In order to attain the highest possible levels of safety and dynamic handling, as well as maximum boot space, the car’s housing is made from die-cast aluminium. Moreover, its high-voltage battery can be found in the rear, above the rear axle. So it does not come as a surprise that when it comes to luggage compartment accessibility and boot capacity, the Mercedes Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid has taken the top spot among the plug-in hybrids.
You can charge the S500 Plug-In Hybrid’s high-voltage battery via external electricity mains with a 3.6-kW on-board charger. This battery charger unit is installed permanently in the car and charges single-phase to 16 A. Furthermore, the charging cable’s connection can be found in the rear bumper, specifically beneath a flap under the right tail light. An automatic lock makes sure that the cable won’t be separated from the car by unauthorized people.
New S-Class vehicle can be fully charged in two hours via a wallbox or via a 400 V, 16 A charging pole. Alternatively, you can also charge through house connection. And a 2-hr and 45-minute charge time can be attained with a 230 V, 13 A charging pole, depending on the connection.