The Vision S 500 Plug-in HYBRID has an electric drive with components that show just how versatile the intelligently organized hybrid systems of the Mercedes-Benz are, in addition to its scalable performance range. The hybrid module of the S 500 has a design like that of the S 400 HYBRID with its disc-shaped and compact electric motor with 15 kW of power. The electric drive of the S 500 though offers three times more power than that of the S 400.
Because of this, it is possible to integrate the S 500’s hybrid module with the housing of the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission. Thus the S 500, and possibly the S 400, has enough space in the interior similar to the S-Class.
Future models are expected to adapt to this particular system architecture. Daimler AG Chairman and Mercedes-Benz Head, Dr. Dieter Zetsche says that the Vision 500 Plug-in HYBRID is the latest milestone in its goal to have zero-emission vehicles. Safe and grand, this S-Class model gives superior driving performance yet it has less fuel consumption compared to other compact cars, he adds.
This demonstrates that its top models are able to mix interest for cars with environmental concern, Zetsche further says. Dr. Thomas Weber meanwhile, a member of Daimler AG’s Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, says that while it will be some time before the S 500 will enter production, engineers are working full time to make sure that the integration measures are present and guarantee that each of the components are able to meet the exacting demands of everyday driving.
He adds that the important technologies are already there to create such a car, and this is the reason why there is a chance it will be part of the next S-Class generation. According to Weber, the company is ensuring that its development work complements a full-coverage infrastructure to make the most out of the state-of-the-art drive system.