Mercedes claims pole position on battery technology
Daimler claims it has achieved a ̶0;breakthrough̶1; with green technology that will enable it to be the first car company to get a lithium-ion battery powered car to market.
The German group said that next year it will launch an S-Class Mercedes hybrid car equipped with the battery.
The car will be the world̵7;s most economical luxury sedan, the company said, and the technology used is the result of 25 patents held by Daimler.
Daimler said the main advantages of the newly developed lithium-ion battery were its very compact dimensions and far superior performance relative to conventional nickel-metal hybrid batteries such as those powering the Toyota Prius.
"This marks an important breakthrough for Continental as supplier of battery systems. In the next few years we will be launching production of further lithium-ion energy storage devices for mild and full-hybrid and electric-powered vehicles," its executive Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a separate statement.
The S 400 BlueHYBRID, powered by a 299 horsepower engine that enables it to sprint from 0 to 100 km per hour in 7.3 seconds.
It would consume on average 7.9 litres of gasoline per 100 km and emit 190 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, compared with 10.3 litre of gasoline and 247 grams of CO2 in a comparable conventional S-Class.
Image: The Mercedes brand will lead Daimler's green push