Mercedes S-Class can get wireless charging in 2017. According to the announcement on Monday. Mercedes S-Class can get wireless inductive charging ready for the 2017 model year. Specifically, it aims to introduce the technology in its refreshed S500e plug-in, hybrid, full-size sedan.
“We will make the major technological leap in 2017. Starting with the facelift of the S 500 e: for the first time, full electric operating ranges exceeding 50 km will be made possible by a further development of the lithium-ion battery together with a further optimized, intelligent operating strategy,” Mercedes states.
“The high efficient battery system comes from the wholly owned Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE. It will be supplying accumulators for plug-in hybrids from Mercedes-Benz. We can expect further progress in battery technology will continue to increase battery capacity and thus operating range.”
Running electricity through a coil in the base plate creates a magnetic field. Current can pass to the plate in the car without any wire.
The systems are automatic, Mercedes says. The driver checks the car position, over the base plate using the display on the dashboard screen. Charging starts as soon as the car is in the right spot. The system charges at up to 3.6 kilowatts.
Also, the company claims an efficiency rate of almost 90 percent for the transfer of power from the base plate to the car.
Also to wireless charging, Mercedes is doubling down on DC fast charging for cars with conventional plugs. DC fast charging stations can charge a car to 80 percent in around 30 minutes.
Even so , Mercedes says that by 2018 it will offer DC fast charging capability as standard equipment on all its electric cars.