The Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car made its first debut on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is just concept at this stage. But it goes where the Mercedes-Benz S400 dared not fully electric operation.  So, what makes the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car different from the Mercedes-Benz S400?

Well, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car combines a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with a 60 horsepower electric motor and a 10kW lithium-ion battery. Just for your so you know, the other vehicle which uses the battery pack is the Chevrolet Volt with its 16kWh. The battery pack for Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car gives extra 474 pounds, stashes in the trunk, where it no doubt impinges on cargo volume.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid engine

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is the first car on the premium segment of “three-liter car”. It means that the first full-size luxury car earns fuel-economy usage of three liter per 100 km, or 3.2 liter – to be exact.

Those numbers equal of 74 mpg for the US, although the Chevrolet claimed their Volt earns 230 mpg which means the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car’s rating is skewed by the fact that the vehicle runs part of the time on electricity alone – and was rated using the European standards.

The charging time for the battery pack of Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car is less than one hour with a rapid-charging station, or about 4.5 hours from a conventional household outlet.

Just like the BMW which is touting the BMW 7-Series and BMW X6 hybrids, the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car promises it will be no environmental prude. The concept car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds – not bad for hybrid car, huh? Of course sprinting like that will seriously erode the 18-mile electric charge.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid concept car might be just a concept, but the German auto maker hinted to add this kind of system to the next generation of S-Class. We are eager to see the electronics well advanced from what is present here, because the Mercedes-Benz really taking hybrid development very seriously.