2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class PHEV To Get Wireless Charging


Jochen Strenkert, of Mercedes hybrid powertrains, has announced that the next-gen Mercedes S-Class PHEV will employ wireless charging.

Mercede E-Class PHEV

Mercedes E-Class PHEV

Sternkert explained:

“We already have a working prototype . . . battery capacity is predicted to double every five years, so the next S-Class plug-in will also have an increased range.”

Mercedes has partnered with rival BMW to split the cost of the new advanced wireless system.

The vehicle will arrive in the summer of 2017, with the company’s third-gen configuration, which will include a larger battery pack of undisclosed capacity.

The larger pack should almost double the current S-Class’ all-electric range of 20 miles. Also, Strenkert confirmed that the wireless charging system will parallel current “plug-in” charging times.

With the company’s addition of the new 500 million euro ($559,137,500) battery factory in Germany, Mercedes intends to expand to 10 PHEVs by 2017. The new S-Class, with advanced wireless charging, boasts a big starting role in this progress.

Strenkert noted:

“All of Mercedes’ new four and six-cylinder engines have been designed with hybrid powertrains in mind.”

The E-Class PHEV will join the new S-Class in 2017.

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I’m sure that for “some customers” wireless charging is a big deal, but for me it’s about the biggest non-feature on a plug-in car you could name. I’ve driven a Leaf for just over 3 years, and I can say with absolute certainty that sticking the plug into the nose of the car is not only not a burden, but it’s a joy compared to filling up with gasoline in all kinds of weather, dealing with oil changes, etc.

Stupid stuff. It’s a joy compared to x. How is that relevant comparing to y???

Unless wireless requires you to park very precisely or somehow doesn’t deliver on the “just park and leave it to charge” promise, it’s got to be much better than plugging in!

Am looking forward to wireless charging becoming standard. Where it will most benefit is for public charging, not wires or plugs to get vandalized and would enable simple in-vehicle control and payment. Just pull into a parking spot, click yes on your dash and go do whatever you need then just pull away when done.


Hey Lou, i’m one of those ”customers”. If you get Joy out of your car right now with having to plug in, imagine the delight it would be if you did NOT have to plug in, ever?
I know about the few seconds you only need to plug or unplug and lazyness all but, the plug is really geek stuf fun. Imagine if you had to plug your smartphone everywhere you go to get internet, that would not look so smart would it?
I just feel that the plug is a brake for EV adoption and wireless charging is the smart way to go, even factoring in wireless losses.

Eventually, wireless charging will be everywhere. First, at home. Then, at work.

After that, any parking spot has the potential to earn a profit for its owner with wireless charging.