Mercedes Hybrids to Use Lithium-Ion Batteries
The S400 will be followed by a second lithium-ion hybrid, the S300 Bluetec Hybrid that will combine a 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine with an electric motor. The powertrain will produce 221 hp, 413 lb-ft of torque and a whopping 43.6 mpg, Mercedes says. The S300 hybrid will likely go on sale in North America in 2010.
Continental will supply the electronic modules using batteries made by the joint venture between Johnson Controls and Saft in France.
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