IAA: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid needs just 3 liters of fuel for 100 km

Article by Anita Panait, on September 12, 2013

Looking for a car that genuinely allows a driver to travel 100 kilometers using just three liters of fuel? Then the car you are looking for is the all-new Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, which is called a genuine 3.0 liter car in Germany -- thanks to its fuel consumption number of 94.2 mpg and carbon dioxide emission figure of 69 g/km and fuel efficiency of 94.2 mpg.

The hybrid's 80-kW electric drive with externally rechargeable battery allows one to drive emission-free driving for around 18 miles. The electric drive is paired with a new 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine.

Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-in Hybrid is the automaker’s third offering in the S-Class Mercedes-Benz hybrid line-up that already includes the S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid and the S 400 Hybrid, the first car to feature a standard-specification hybrid drive system with lithium-ion battery in 2009.

All second-generation hybrid drive systems feature seamless integration into the powertrain, although the combustion engine can be entirely decoupled from the electric motor.  The S 500 Plug-in Hybrid features second-generation recuperative braking system and the anticipatory Intelligent HYBRID energy management system.

S 500 Plug-in Hybrid also features a new high-voltage lithium-ion battery that has ten times the energy content than the batteries of the other S Class hybrids and could be recharged from an external source with a charging socket located on the right side of the rear bumper.

Through an electric synchronous motor (80 kW/340 Nm), S 500 Plug-in Hybrid can go up to 18 miles on electric power alone.  Mercedes-Benz will showcase the S 500 Plug-in Hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), and roll it out to the market next year.

The new S500 Plug-In Hybrid is Mercedes’ third hybrid S-Class model, after the S 400 HYBRID and S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID. The carmaker commenced series production of this hybrid technology in 2009, catapulting Mercedes into one of the leaders in the field of purely electric mobility. Likewise, Mercedes is planning to make plug-in hybrids its focus in the next few years.

Employing an internal combustion engine and an electric drive, a hybrid drive doesn’t just consume less fuel but also hikes performance. This is because the electric drive replaces or supports the conventional engine in situations where there is a need for less power for part-load operations.

Interestingly, hybrid drive systems could further lower their energy consumption just by recovering energy that is usually lost during coasting or braking. Rather than the disc brakes, the electric motors initially instigate braking as soon as the driver depresses the brake pedal.

This recuperative braking system is now in its second generation, and it makes its debut on the hybrid models of the new S-Class. This system also makes sure that there is a seamless overlapping between the mechanical brakes and the electric braking of the electric motor.

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