Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes S Class May Soon Be as Electric as Tesla

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid is not enough: Benz wants to be fully electric.

As we told you a while back, the Mercedes-Benz S Class willsoon be offered in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid formats, with the plug-indelivering a fuel economy of 78 mpg. But for Mercedes officials, that seems tobe too little. Therefore, it's now working on a possible addition to thefamily: a fully-electric flagship S Class. Speaking to Top Gear in Geneva, headof Mercedes’ large car program Dr. Uwe Ernstberger said these plans wouldmaterialize sometime in the future.

Currently, the company is working on improving batterypackage capacities, allowing customers to get all the comforts and amenities that they are used tofrom their luxurious S Classes. With rumors of increased cooperation betweenMercedes and Tesla (which Mercedes has invested in), an upcoming electric S Class wouldmake even more sense, especially considering Mercedes’ past experience with an electricSmart, the new B-Class and the SLS AMG Electric drive.

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