Mercedes-Benz Reveals Vision S 500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Luxury and autobahn-worthy speed meets plug-in-hybrid tech in a new hybrid concept car based on Mercedes' flagship S-Class sedan.

Frankfurt Motor Show: Mercedes-Benz Vision 500 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Mercedes-Benz will unveil a plug-in hybrid concept, called Vision 500, at the Frankfurt motor show this week. Based on the company's luxurious S-Class flagship sedan, the Vision 500 will combine a direct-injected V6 gasoline engine with a 60 hp hybrid module and a lithium-ion battery with more than 10 kWh of capacity that can be recharged at charging stations. Mercedes says the Vision 500 concept can get from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds.Mercedes-Benz

What? Hedge-fund managers, heads of surgery, corporate lawyers and their well-heeled, buttoned-up ilk don't need plug-in hybrids too? Mercedes-Benz is keeping such an audience in mind for its latest concept car, the Vision S 500 plug-in hybrid. Similar to the S 400 hybrid currently in production, the S 500 can also travel 18.6 miles in electric-only mode and take a battery recharge by way of an electrical outlet. What ever happened to greed is good?

Based on the luxurious S-Class flagship, the Vision S 500 combines a 3.5-liter, direct-injected V6 engine with a 60-hp electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack that can take a plug-in charge. The hybrid module is similar to that in the S 400, though three times as powerful. The battery pack in the S 400 can be housed in the car's engine compartment, but the higher-performing one in the Vision S 500 takes up room behind the rear seats normally devoted to the trunk. The Vision S 500 also has an additional clutch between the combustion engine and the electric motor, which can decouple the two components during electric-only mode.

Mercedes says the Vision S 500 takes less than 60 minutes to charge in the rapid charge cycle, or four-and-a-half hours on household power. Like other hybrids, the S 500 also gets power from regenerative braking.

All that, the company says adds up to fuel efficiency of a bank-bailout-bonus-guilt-busting 73.5 miles per gallon, and a zero-to-100kmh (62 mph) time of a very spry 5.5 seconds. No word on production yet, but Mercedes will likely share more details at the Frankfurt motor show where the Vision S 500 plug-in hybrid will be unveiled this week.

Source: Mercedes-Benz