Mercedes Benz are planning to market the S 400 BlueHYBRID in 2009. They say the hybrid technology in this car has been made possible by lithium-ion battery technology they have developed and patented.
The integration of the lithium-ion battery into the S Class climate control system enables the battery to work at optimal temperatures of between 15 and 35°C. This makes it Ppossible for the battery to provide long service life and maximum performance.
According to Daimler the main advantages offered by the new lithium-ion battery are its compact dimensions and its superior performance compared to conventional nickel-metal hydride batteries.
The S 400 BlueHYBRID consumes only 7.9 liters of gasoline per 100km. This results in very low CO2 emissions of only 190 grams per kilometer, a very low value for this vehicle class and power class, making the S 400 BlueHYBRID the world’s most economical luxury sedan — unrivaled by any gasoline, diesel, or hybrid drive system offered by any competitor.
Daimler says S 400 BlueHYBRID drivers will still enjoy impressive performance:
- 220kW of power
- 375 Nm of torque
- zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds
- electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h