Published on June 23rd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Wireless Car Charging Around The Corner
Good news for electric car buyers. Especially those with lots of money. The next generation Mercedes electric/plugin car buyers will not need to wrestle with cables and plugs. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500 e electric hybrid will be sold with a plug/cable-free induction charging system. You just need to drive over a plate and leave the car battery to top itself up.
The 2017 500 e is an update on the existing Mercedes 500 plug-in hybrid. The 500 e will continue to have a turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor, and will offer an electric-only range of about 30plus kilometers.
Owners will be able to position the car over a special coil in a protected base plate in their garage, a message in the car will alert the driver when the car is in a transmittable location. The presence of a second coil in the car will then create an electromagnetic field that will act as a carrier of electrical energy at a power output of 3.6kWh.
Smartphones use similar technology for wireless charging. Mercedes claims a figure of 90% efficiency for the system, which is only slightly lower than the figure for plugging in, so charging times will only be marginally longer.
The technical data at a glance:
|Model||S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID|
|Internal combustion engine:|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||6/V|
|Mixture formation||High-pressure injection, 2 turbochargers|
|Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)||245/333 at 5250-6000|
|Rated torque (Nm at rpm)||480 at 1600-4000|
|System output (kW/hp)||325/442|
|System torque (Nm)||650|
|Consumption combined from (l/100 km)||2.8|
|CO2 emissions combined from (g/km)||65|
|Electric range (km)||33|
|Charge time 20%-100% (400 V/16 A – 230 V/8 A) (h)||2 – 4.1|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)||5.2|
|Top speed (km/h)||250|
|Top speed electric (km/h)||140|