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Mercedes-Benz S 400 hybrid: 30 mpg and 47 pounds of recycled goodness
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Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID- click above to enlarge The marquee fact about Mercedes-Benz's upcoming new S-Class hybrid, the S 400, is that it will be the first series production hybrid to use a lithium-ion battery pack. Daimler, however, would like us all to know that there is more to the car than its battery. Take for example, the automatic stop/start system, the regenerative brakes, and plenty of reused and recycled materials used in the vehicle (including coconut and flax fibers). Daimler says that there are 45 components like wiring ducts and underbody panels that weigh a total of 21.2 kilograms that "are made from recycled, high-quality plastics."Daimler even incorporated a recycling process for the li-ion battery into the design of the vehicle, so when the car reaches its end-of-life, that big and expensive pack won't die with it. All these features mean that Daimler calls the new S400 hybrid "the most economical luxury saloon with a petrol engine." The German TÜV Süd agency has recognized the "comprehensive environmental commitment" of the vehicle. The S 400 hybrid gets 30 mpg (U.S.) on the European combined cycle and emits 186 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Not great, but it certainly could be worse. Performance numbers aren't slouchy: a 0-62 mph time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of about 155 mph. The S 400 should reach the U.S. later this summer.[Source: Daimler]Continue reading Mercedes-Benz S 400 hybrid: 30 mpg and 47 pounds of recycled goodnessFiled under: Hybrid, Mercedes Benz, Green DailyMercedes-Benz S 400 hybrid: 30 mpg and 47 pounds of recycled goodness originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Tue, 14 Jul 2009 11:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments .

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teppy
51 weeks 6 days 3 hours 49 min ago

Great car. In addition to the li-ion battery pack, S400 offers interesting features and parts like regenerative braking capabilities, auto start-stop, innovative vent visor and stylistic interior.

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