Wireless Charging System in the Works from Daimler and BMW
Plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles seem to be all the rage in the luxury market this year. The new S500 plug-in from Mercedes-Benz is set to debut in September while BMW released the i3 model earlier this year. Cadillac also got into the luxury electric vehicle market with the all-new ELR.
While we are all for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, the charging part is a bit of a drag because you literally have to plug-in your car at night. What if you get stranded in the desert and there are no charging stations?! The horror! That’s why we’re happy to announce that Daimler and BMW have partnered to develop a wireless charging system. This is also good news for drivers because they will produce one common technology across the board so it will work for both Mercedes-Benz and BMW vehicles.
For those interested in the technical aspects of the wireless charging system, it will have two components: a primary coil will be integrated into the floor plate and a secondary coil will be placed on the under tray of the car. The floor plate can easily be placed on a garage floor for an optimal charging location. This will allow the electrical energy to be transmitted without the need of a cable.
While we patiently wait for this technology to become available, we’ll just enjoy the sleek new S500 plug-in. This new member of the S-Class has all the refineries of the flagship sedan with more fuel efficiency! What more could you ask for? It offers 325 kW of power and 650 Nm of qorque. It can also go up to 20 miles on electric power alone and an estimated fuel economy of 84 miles per gallon.
Like what you hear? Contact Mercedes-Benz of Easton to find out more about the upcoming plug-in hybrid.
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