Comprehensive life cycle assessment.
Utopia has become reality.
“The new S-Class achieves consumption and emissions values that were little more than a dream just a few years ago, even for a mid-size car,” explains Professor Dr Herbert Kohler, Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler AG. Mercedes-Benz analyses the environmental compatibility of its models across their entire life cycle – from production through long years of service to end-of-life recycling. This analysis goes far beyond the legal requirements. In 2005, the S-Class became the first-ever vehicle to be awarded the Environmental Certificate from TÜV Süd. This tradition is being successfully continued with the new 2013 S-Class. All models lead their respective classes in terms of efficiency. The CO₂ emissions of the S 400 HYBRID have been cut from 186 g CO₂/km to 147 g CO₂/km compared with the previous model.
All models comply with the EURO 6 emissions standard. The S 400 HYBRID and the S 350 BlueTEC additionally meet the strict criteria of efficiency class A, with the S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID even qualifying for class A+. The Environmental Certificate and supplementary information are now available in the “Life Cycle” documentation series.
Milestone of efficiency.
The fuel efficiency benefits of the new S-Class are ensured by an intelligent package of measures. These include optimisation of the drive system, energy management, aerodynamics, tyres, weight reductions through lightweight construction techniques and driver information to encourage an energy-saving driving style. Hybrids represent a further milestone on the road to zero-emission mobility. With the new S-Class, Mercedes-Benz is expanding its line-up in this model series to three models: S 400 HYBRID, S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID and S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID. Common to all second-generation hybrid drives is their seamless integration into the powertrain. The engine can be completely decoupled from the electric motor. Further features are the second-generation recuperative braking system and the anticipatory Intelligent HYBRID energy management system.
In an effort already today to build up and develop the markets for recycled materials, increased use was made of such materials in the production of the new S-Class.