Mercedes-Benz unveiled their new plug-in hybrid luxury sedan, the new S550 Plug-In Hybrid, in a press release issued today.
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With an output of 436 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, this new hybrid benefits from the high-tech hybrid drive in both power and range categories. The press release states that the S550 Plug-In Hybrid can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds and can drive up to 20 miles purely electrically. This is all thanks to the new high-voltage lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 8.7 kW/h and a twin-turbo V7 engine. The battery can be charged using the socket in the right side of the rear bumper.
Transferring the power to the wheels is a 7-speed automatic transmission and an additional clutch integrated between the gas engine and electric motor. This clutch is the main linking point between the two energy sources, and is uncoupled when the gas engine is not in use.
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The S550 Plug-In Hybrid joins Mercedes-Benz‘s growing list of hybrid and electric drive vehicles, which also includes:
- 2009: S400 HYBRID (20,000 buyers worldwide)
- 2009: ML450 HYBRID
- 2012: smart electric drive
- 2012: E300 BlueTEC HYBRID
- 2012: E400 HYBRID
- 2013: SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive
- 2013: S400 HYBRID
- 2013: S300 BlueTEC HYBRID
- 2014: C300 BlueTEC HYBRID
- 2014: B-Class Electric Drive