• Apr 6th 2010 at 2:12PM
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Automotive News is reporting that all upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class models will switch over to hybrid power. The news outlet cites Mercedes dealers as the source of the information, but would not disclose identities. This report confirms a story we broke a while back, but Automotive News takes it a step further by reporting that even the vaunted performance model AMGs will be part of the hybrid conversion.

Mercedes is expected to roll out the new S-Class beginning in late 2012, with all model variants introduced by 2014. The current S-Class has but one hybrid offering, the S400 Hybrid. The S400 Hybrid sports a 295 horsepower engine and manages to return 30 percent improved fuel efficiency over its V8 stablemate and 50 percent better efficiency than its V12 stablemate.

Before you cringe over AMG models going hybrid, think about some other high-performance hybrids such as the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or even the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, both amazingly quick hybrids that post more than respectable numbers. Don't forget about the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid, which has an earth-shattering 575 pound-feet of torque.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't forget to mention the fastest Hybrids of all.... 2009 F1 cars with KERS
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the most desirable of hybrids: the 599 and the 918 Spyder
      • 5 Years Ago
      It makes sense to move into hybrisation in a large way and take advantage of scale on battery purchases, especially on a vehicle where the extra costs are going to be marginal of the total costs of the vehicle.

      The 10-15kW IMA and single kWh size batteries could become a hybrid standard, with additional battery capacity available as an option / upgrade.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The prius and the new Hyandai hybrid use ~1.4kWh battery capacity. 5kWh would give you around 10 miles all electric range ~3,500 miles a year (charging at work) ~7,000 (charging at home, work & shopping)

        The benefit from having a battery that big is that you could increase the size of the electric motor up to 40 or 50kW and in turn downsize the ICE even further. Also super caps are a good match for stop /start / regen braking / boosting functions and take the strain off the battery.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True that.

        Well if you think of it.. you could easily replace the starter and alternator with a beefy electric motor on an ICE car. Every ICE car could be a mild hybrid with out adding significant complexity that way. Even a small 5kwh battery mild hybrid would be an improvement. You wouldn't need a big ol' inverter and battery pack that way. The inverter may not even need cooling as it would not come into use all the time.

        At a large scale, this could probably be done for $1k per ICE car. Cool way to eliminate idling and provide a boost below 5mph. It makes sense that this wouldn't interfere with the driving dynamics of an ICE car that a lot of people enjoy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't know that. 1kwh would be a lot then :P

        Super car are ideal for start & stop, yeah. Maybe as a buffer to the lithium battery.. hm, but that kinda adds to

        I guess what we both get out of this is that hybrid cars could be a lot cheaper and more so standard. Eventually that 1kwh battery won't cost diddly squat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car companies know which way oil prices are headed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha. CAFE regs help though, dontcha think :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a good move from Mercedes, but why not spread that across their entire product line?

      Like the average luxury buyer can't fork over $2k-$5k extra per car for notably increased gas mileage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      too little. but I guess better than nothing.
      has to have battery electric drive as the primary before it will count. weak hybrid is just to ease whatever faint conscience the people who drive S class might hypothetically have. or more likely since they have none, to keep people with a conscience off their backs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever works. It does seem to me that hybridization seems to work well with low performance vehicles though. An electric motor used as a turbocharger to boost performance is a hybrid, but may not get any better fuel economy. I certainly would not want to pay the fuel bill for an AMG, hybrid or not.
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