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Old 3rd March 2008, 01:27 PM
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Default Breakthrough in Battery Technology by Daimler

  • First patented integration of a lithium-ion battery into a series-produced passenger car
  • Available in Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID starting in 2009
  • 25 patents for top technology “made in Germany”
Stuttgart - Daimler AG has achieved a crucial breakthrough in battery technology. The Stuttgart-based automaker is the world’s first manufacturer to have succeeded in adapting lithium-ion technology to the demanding requirements of automotive applications. Until now, the technology has been used primarily in consumer electronics. The new battery will be used in the series-production S 400 BlueHYBRID beginning next year. This important technology was possible thanks to 25 patents held by Daimler.

Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler AG Board of Management and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, says: “What we have here is a groundbreaking key technology that is going to be a decisive factor for the future success of the automotive industry. That is a tribute to our intensive research efforts, which we have been conducting in this area since 1992.”

The engineers’ success is a result of the Daimler-developed integration of the lithium-ion battery into the vehicle’s climate control system. This ensures that the battery always works at optimal system temperatures of between 15 and 35°C, in turn making it possible for the battery to provide long service life and maximum performance.

The main advantages offered by the newly developed lithium-ion battery are its very compact dimensions and its far superior performance compared to conventional nickel-metal hydride batteries. The weight/power ratio of the entire battery is 1,900 watts per liter (W/L). What’s more, the battery stands out by virtue of its high ampere-hour efficiency, long service life, and great reliability, even at very low temperatures. Its high level of safety is the equal of that provided by today’s auto batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries are ideally suited for use in hybrid vehicles to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. At the same time, the Daimler engineers are investigating to what degree this technology can be applied to other vehicle concepts, such as electric and fuel cell-powered cars.

S 400 BlueHYBRID — the world’s most economical luxury sedan

The S 400 BlueHYBRID consumes only 7.9 liters of gasoline per 100 km in the NEDC. This results in very low CO2 emissions of only 190 grams per kilometer, a very low value for this vehicle class and power class, making the S 400 BlueHYBRID the world’s most economical luxury sedan — unrivaled by any gasoline, diesel, or hybrid drive system offered by any competitor. And S 400 BlueHYBRID drivers will still enjoy impressive performance: combined with the hybrid module, the maximum output is 220 kW/299 hp, and the corresponding maximum torque is 375 Nm. The S 400 BlueHYBRID accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Even more potential is offered by the combination of clean BlueTec diesel technology with a hybrid module, a duo that is featured in the S 300 BlueTec HYBRID, for example.
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Good read Michel,

I hope I don't become an enthusiast and live for anotjher 30 years and have to fix them like my 116's

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Good read Michel,

I hope I don't become an enthusiast and live for another 30 years and have to fix them like my 116's

Bill
I hope you do live for another 30 years Brother Bill.
Whether you become enthused by the M-B S 400 BlueHYBRID is another story....
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I have driven a Lexus hybrid and walked away un-enthused but then I'm not often stuck in traffic which is where they seem to function best in fuel conservation.

And yes it is possible that I might live another 30 years as nonagenerians run in the family - the thought worries me as it hurts enough at the moment and I'm only 55.

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I have driven a Lexus hybrid and walked away un-enthused but then I'm not often stuck in traffic which is where they seem to function best in fuel conservation.

And yes it is possible that I might live another 30 years as nonagenerians run in the family - the thought worries me as it hurts enough at the moment and I'm only 55.

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I bet you didn't try the ultimate in Luxury Hybrids -- The Lexus LS 600hL
It is truly something else..
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A bit out of my league Michel - I think that photo makes it look a bit better than real life.

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A bit out of my league Michel - I think that photo makes it look a bit better than real life.

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It certainly is NOT a Benz Bill..... but.... tis not very far behind....
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Excellent article Michel thanks for posting it.
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Hi Michel, thanks for posting this on TOPKLASSE. Now, I need to be educated. Obviously, I understand that this battery is a technological breakthrough, so I would assume the new battery to be much smaller in size, of greater output etc. - perhaps similar to tiny, long lasting batteries in digital cameras, i-pods etc. etc.

But, and this is what needs to be explained to me, how does it fit into the normal, everyday running of today's new vehicles, or even my ageing "Gleaming Beauty" ?

1) Does the new battery take over from the conventional type now fitted to my 6.9, and would it be located in the same area ?

2)Does the new battery perform the same functions as the existing ones, viz.starting the car, operating lights etc.

3)How does the new battery contribute to normal, everyday running etc., and how does it help in reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions ?

Maybe someone can help me with some explanations or point me in the right direction for reading up on the matter. Dummkopf Styria
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Hi Michel, thanks for posting this on TOPKLASSE. Now, I need to be educated. Obviously, I understand that this battery is a technological breakthrough, so I would assume the new battery to be much smaller in size, of greater output etc. - perhaps similar to tiny, long lasting batteries in digital cameras, i-pods etc. etc.

But, and this is what needs to be explained to me, how does it fit into the normal, everyday running of today's new vehicles, or even my ageing "Gleaming Beauty" ?

1) Does the new battery take over from the conventional type now fitted to my 6.9, and would it be located in the same area ?

2)Does the new battery perform the same functions as the existing ones, viz.starting the car, operating lights etc.

3)How does the new battery contribute to normal, everyday running etc., and how does it help in reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions ?

Maybe someone can help me with some explanations or point me in the right direction for reading up on the matter. Dummkopf Styria


Styria,

I think this battery is for newer vehicles and will not (at this stage) replace the conventional battery as we know it.
Temperature fluctuations is the biggest killer for batteries
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