The plug-in hybrid luxury sedan is expecting a host of updates for next year, which should bring along the convenience of wireless charging, as well as a longer range thanks to the increased battery capacity.
Starting 2017 you might find it redundant calling the S500e a plug-in hybrid since you might forego the actual plug-in duty – thanks to the addition of the wireless charging function. The carmaker recently announced this high-tech feature will be available at launch when the model gets a facelift for the 2018 model year. The new Mercedes-Benz S500e wireless charging system is made out of a coil placed at the car’s bottom and a space base plate that can be installed in a garage or a car spot. The car’s instruments will carry instructions for the driver in order to park the car n the right position over the charging plate. The wireless system will then deliver a charge of up to 3.6 kW with an efficiency of 90 percent, with Mercedes telling us they have bene prototyping it on S500e test cars since last year.
The brand also added the upcoming facelift for the model will include an improved driving range. That’s due to the lithium-ion battery pack bulking up in size from 8.7 to 13.3 kWh, with the European testing all-electric driving range taken from 20 to 31 miles. The model, also available in the US – exclusively in California as the S550e – uses a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine and an electric motor, with a combined output of 442 horsepower. Mercedes also announced its plug-in cars will become – from 2018 – compatible with the new Combined Charging System (CCS) that mixes AC and DC currents for up to 150 kW recharges at special fast-charge stations.