Mercedes S-Class will receive a traction battery of 28 kWhSeptember 8, 2020
Enough energy to travel 100 kilometers on a single charge
We recently wrote that the new Mercedes S-Class will receive a rechargeable hybrid version in a year with an electric range of 100 kilometers. It turned out that this information is relevant only for the North American market. In Europe, this car will appear much earlier, along with other modifications.
According to the British edition of Autocar, a traction battery of 28 kilowatt-hours should provide such a large power reserve by the standards of hybrids. This is a record capacity for lightweight hybrids. For example, the first generation of the Nissan Leaf electric car was equipped with a battery for only 24 kilowatt-hours, which, under favorable conditions, was enough for 180 kilometers.
So the 100 kilometers promised by Mercedes does not look like an exaggeration even given the weight of the car and the fact that the electric drive is combined with a standard gearbox, which is not the most energy efficient solution.
The power of the electric motor is still unknown. The hybrid powerplant is based on a turbocharged inline-six and produces 516 horsepower. That’s 82 hp. more than just the gasoline version of this engine, but it is possible that for the hybrid the internal combustion engine was derated in order to improve its fuel efficiency, so that the power of the electric drive is probably higher than 82 hp.
Recall that in addition to the hybrid, Mercedes is also preparing a purely electric executive sedan. This car will be called EQS, and it will appear only in 2021.
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