The Mercedes-Benz S-Class not only meets the highest demands in terms of safety, comfort, agility, and design, but also shows significant improvements regarding the examined environmental aspects over the entire lifecycle compared to the predecessor.
The plug-in hybrid model of the current S-Class, the S 500 e (Combined fuel consumption (petrol): 2.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 65 g/km*), combines an 85 kW electric drive and an externally chargeable battery with the 3.0-litre V6 turbo engine. Production of the S 500 entails a visibly higher level of CO₂ emissions, on account of the additional hybrid-specific components. External charging with the European electricity grid mix can cut CO₂ emissions by some 34 percent (27.5 tons ) in comparison to the S 500 (Combined fuel consumption (petrol): 8.9–8.2 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 206–192 g/km*). Through the use of renewably generated electricity from hydro power a 56 percent reduction (45.4 tons ) is possible.
 Status environmental certificate/certificated values: 2015
Secondary and renewable raw materials
In the new S-Class, 51 components with an overall weight of 49.7 kilograms can be manufactured partly from high quality recycled plastics. The mass of secondary raw material components thus could be increased by 134 percent versus the predecessor model. Typical areas of use are wheel arch linings and underbody panels, which consist for the most part of polypropylene.
In automotive production, the use of renewable raw materials concentrates on the interiors of vehicles. Established natural materials such as coconut, cellulose and wood fibres, wool and natural rubber are also employed, of course, in series production of the S-Class.
In all, 87 components in the new S -Class with a total weight of 46.1 kilograms are made using natural materials. The total weight of components manufactured with the use of renewable raw materials has thus increased by 8 percent compared with the predecessor.
Allergy-tested car cabin
Mercedes-Benz has been awarded the Seal of Quality from the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) for the first time for the S-Class.
The ECARF Seal of Quality is used by ECARF to designate products that have been scientifically tested and proven to be suitable for allergy sufferers.