The S 500 Plug-in hybrid blends an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration with the unique innovations and the luxurious equipment and appointments of the S-Class
8/10/14 7:01 pm chumakdenis 1
Well,I'm pretty sure that electric car fans remember that Mercedes-Benz had contemplated offering the new S-class solely with hybrid powertrains.
Of course,that didn’t happen, but it doesn’t mean that Benz isn’t pushing forward with that technology and that's why S 500 Plug-in hybrid was presented to the public at September’s Frankfurt auto show.
But how good this car? Is it t as good as you expected?Well, let's have a closer look and start from our favourite part.
Under the hood
The S500 plug-in actually is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and an electric motor. The V-6 produces 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, while the electric motor makes 107 horses and 251 lb-ft; the Stuttgart-based automaker did not provide combined power and torque figures. Regardless of total output, the plug-in luxury sedan offers a claimed 0-to-60-mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. The car carries a fuel-economy rating in the European cycle of 94 mpg, which is impressive if inflated by the EU procedure.
As is typical of most hybrids, regenerative braking features prominently in the S500 plug-in hybrid, but the energy recovery and discharge strategies can be altered by choosing between four modes: Hybrid, E-Mode, Save, and Charge. In Hybrid mode, the car chooses the most efficient propulsion strategy and uses the gasoline engine only rarely for recharging purposes. E-Mode allows for driving on electric power alone for up to 18 miles. In E-Save mode, battery charge level is kept high for use in urban areas that give congestion-tax breaks to EVs and plug-ins. Finally, Charge mode forcibly charges the battery while driving, which is inefficient, but more convenient than pulling over and plugging in. One of the most common complaints of hybrids is the often numb-feeling and overly sensitive brake pedal. Daimler hopes to alleviate this problem with a second-generation regenerative braking system, which overlaps electric and conventional braking. If desired, the S500 plug-in hybrid can also decouple the electric bits from the combustion engine and “sail” on electrons.
There are several innovative ideas that increase efficiency and make the driver more aware of the system’s operation. When the car is driving on electric power, the accelerator pedal provides haptic feedback before switching on the combustion engine. The car also uses navigation data-including speed limits and upcoming changes in topography and directional changes-to optimize energy usage. In a similar vein, the car won’t hoard energy if it detects an upcoming downhill stretch that will allow for energy recovery.
Can I buy this car?
Yes,you can.But be prepared to pay through the nose.Prices start from 108,944.50 euros(huge price,isn't it?)
Should I buy it?
It's only up to you.If you want 100% eco-frienly luxurious car,she could be the right choice=)
What do you think about this car?
The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID blends an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration with the unique innovations and the luxurious equipment and appointments of the S-Class. The luxury saloon with a long wheelbase impresses with unique dynamism and efficiency. Thanks to standard pre-entry climate control it also offers unique climate comfort.
In September the first certified three-litre luxury saloon in the world will be arriving at the dealers - a further milestone on the road to emission-free mobility.
Other positive feedbacks
"The new S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID offers our customers the entire range of innovations that make our new S-Class so successful, and thanks to its intelligent operating strategy ensures outstanding driving pleasure and dynamism combined with the highest efficiency. Moreover, it allows completely emission-free driving for up to 33 km," says Ola Källenius, Executive Vice-President for Sales at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the first luxury saloon with the performance of a V8 and the fuel consumption of a compact model. The greatest challenge in this is to translate highest efficiency into superior performance. In this respect there is a highly interesting parallel with our successful Formula 1 racing car, which likewise has a turbocharged V6 engine and hybrid drive," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler AG Executive Board responsible for corporate research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
The Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID offers a system output of 325 kW and 650 Nm torque, and in just 5.2 seconds sprints from 0 to 100 km/h and can drive up to 33 km purely electrically. The certified consumption is 2.8 litres/100 km, which corresponds to 65 g CO2/km emissions. Key elements of this impressive output are the V6 biturbo and the intelligent hybrid drive. Following the S 400 HYBRID and S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID the S 500 Plug-in hybrid is the third hybrid model in the new S-class. Its new high-voltage lithium-ion battery can be externally recharged via the charging socket in the right side of the rear bumper.
Model - S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID
Internal combustion engine:
Number of cylinders/arrangement - 6/V
Mixture formation - High-pressure injection, 2 turbochargers
Displacement (cc) - 2996
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm) - 245/333 at 5250-6000
Rated torque (Nm at rpm) - 480 at 1600-4000
Output (kW) - 85
Torque (Nm) - 340
System output (kW/hp) - 325/442
System torque (Nm) - 650
Consumption combined from (l/100 km) - 2.8
CO2 emissions combined from (g/km)2 - 65
Efficiency class - A+
Electric range (km) - 33
Charge time 20%-100% (400 V/16 A – 230 V/8 A)3(h) - 2 – 4.1
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) - 5.2
Top speed (km/h) - 250
Top speed electric (km/h) - 140
Price (euros) - 108,944.50
In accordance with NEDC, charge time at 230 V/8 A e.g. at a commercially available socket. Through settings on the control element of the charging cable shorter charge times can be realised (standard setting: 8 A), provided that the power supply system is designed for this. Charge time at 400 V/16 A e.g. at a wallbox. The voltage and current ratings indicated refer to the power supply infrastructure and can be limited by the car.
Mercedes-Benz S 500 hybrid certificate
In order to strengthen the customers' trust in the new, innovative Plug-in hybrid drive system, for the S 500 Plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz is for the first time issuing a certificate and thus a promise to perform for the high-voltage battery and S 500 Plug-in hybrid components (e.g. e-machine and power electronics). This ensures that every technical malfunction within a period of six years after initial delivery or registration, or up to a mileage of 100,000 kilometres, is corrected by Mercedes-Benz.