Mercedes has completely blown all of my suppositions to pieces with their announcement that they may be the first car company to offer a lithium ion battery powered hybrid car.
The S300, and S400 Bluetec diesels will have "mild hybrid" models available in 2009. The "mild" in front of the hybrid is exactly what it sounds like...it's a hybrid...but not much of one. The cars won't have enough electrical capacity to run on only electricity alone at any speed. Thus, a very small battery has been installed under the hood in order to attempt to capture some of the energy lost in braking, and thus modestly increasing the vehicle's already impressive fuel economy.
Because of limited amounts of space under the hood, this modification has not been possible without the use of smaller, more energy dense lithium ion batteries.
The hybrid options will be on show room floors in 2009, about the same time as the much less "mild" plug-in hybrid Saturn VUE. No matter, what, the VUE will be a more impressive advancement, but it remains to be seen which will hit the streets first.
We'll all see the benefit of lithium ion
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