Mercedes-Benz owners will be able to charge their cars like an electric toothbrush when wireless technology becomes available in 2016/17.
A common standard for recharging high-voltage batteries of electric drive and hybrid vehicles without plugging into an electrical socket is being developed by Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, in partnership with another car manufacturer.
The system consists of two components: a charging plate fitted underneath the engine and a floor pad installed on the floor of a garage or driveway, or located at public charging sites. Once the car is parked over the pad, electrical energy is transmitted wirelessly, at a power rate of 3.6kW and with a 90 per cent degree of efficiency.
Wireless charging will make eco-friendly cars like these even easier to run and more attractive to a wider range of drivers. The perfection of this technology, says Mercedes-Benz, will be another milestone on the way to emission-free motoring.
Our newly launched S 500 Plug-in Hybrid will be one of the first Mercedes-Benz vehicles that can be upgraded to take advantage of wireless charging. It combines a highly advanced hybrid powertrain with the exceptional comfort levels of the S-Class. The car can go 20 miles on electric power alone, helping it to achieve CO2 emissions of just 65g per km, and is the first luxury car with a fuel consumption certified below three litres per 100 kilometres.
Mercedes-Benz is about to commence fleet testing of wireless charging with the S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, the third hybrid model in the S-Class range after the S 400 Hybrid and S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid.
One day, experts predict, we will see dynamic charging, induction points installed on roads that will recharge the batteries of vehicles as they drive over them at speed.