Mercedes is preparing to go green in a big way, and now the company has announced they have made a major breakthrough with lithium-ion battery technology. The breakthrough allows the company to become the first manufacturer to succeed in adapting lithium-ion technology for use in automotive applications.
The main advantage lithium-ion batteries offer over conventional nickel-metal batteries are compact dimensions and superior performance. By integrating the batteries into the climate control system, the battery pack operates at optimal temperatures providing a long service life and maximum performance.
Available on the S 400 BlueHYBRID, which will arrive in 2009, the system only consumes 7.9 liters of gasoline per 100 km. CO2 emissions are rated at 190 grams per kilometer, making the S 400 Hybrid the world’s most economical luxury sedan. Power is rated at 220 kW (299 hp) and 375Nm of torque, allowing the hybrid to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 250km/h (155mph).
The system will also be used in the S 300 BlueTec Hybrid which will maximize fuel efficiency by combining a diesel engine with hybrid technology.