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Daimler and BMW jointly to develop and implement common wireless charging technology

Daimler and BMW jointly to develop and implement common wireless charging technology

Daimler and BMW have agreed on jointly developing and implementing one common technology for wireless recharging high-voltage batteries of electric drive and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The wireless charging system consists of two components: a secondary coil integrated into the under tray of the car and a primary coil integrated into a floor plate that can be placed on a garage floor for instance. Electrical energy is transmitted contact-free without the need for a cable, at a power rate of 3.6 kW and with a degree of efficiency of 90%.

Mercedes-Benz will commence fleet testing of this “unplugged” technology with the S 500 Plug in HYBRID  soon, in order to develop a real S-Class solution in recharging the high voltage battery in terms of comfort and ease of operating in the near future.

Mercedes-Benz will launch the S 500 Plug In HYBRID in September. It offers 325 kW (436 hp) of power and 650 N·m (479 lb-ft) of torque, accelerates in 5.2 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, and can go 33 km (205 miles) on electric power alone. It has certified fuel consumption of 2.8 liters for 100 kilometers (84 mpg US), equalling 65g CO2/km.

After the S 400 HYBRID and S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, it is the third hybrid model in the S-Class range.