Wireless charging of the Mercedes-Benz S 500 e plug-in hybrid
With the next generation of EV batteries now arriving, all the major automakers have been announcing range upgrades for their plug-in vehicles.
Today, it is apparently Mercedes' turn.
The S 500 e luxury plug-in hybrid (S550e in the US), which is currently equipped with a 8.7 kWh battery and nets 12 miles (19 km) of real world/EPA range is the first Mercedes to get a boost.
The new 2017 edition of the S 500 e (which also gets a face-lift) will now arrive with a 13.3 kWh battery - good for a 53% improvement, and should translate to at least 19 miles (30 km) of realistic all-electric range (EPA)...perhaps more, as the necessary "unused/reserved" percentage of the pack will likely be decreased.
Mercedes states that the S 500 e will be its first PHEV to exceed a 50 km/31 mile range rating (on the optimistic NEDC scale), thanks to a larger battery and further improvements and optimizations.
"The next major technological leap will be made in 2017, starting with the facelift of the S 500 e: for the first time, fully electric operating ranges exceeding 50 km will be made possible by a further development of the lithium-ion battery together with a further optimized, intelligent operating strategy."
"The highly efficient battery system comes from the wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, which will for the first time also be supplying accumulators for plug-in-hybrids from Mercedes-Benz. It is expected that further progress in battery technology will continue to gradually increase battery capacity and therefore operating range."