• Jan 4th 2010 at 6:02PM
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Mercedes-Benz Vision 500 Plug-in HYBRID – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mercedes-Benz only recently launched its first production hybrid in the form of the S400 BlueHybrid, and it's already working on the next generation of its flagship S-class. When that model debuts in a few years time, it is expected to be the first model from Stuttgart to offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. At this point, it's unknown which of Mercedes' two hybrid systems it will use. The S400 uses a new mild hybrid system that doesn't support electric-only driving, but Mercedes-Benz also has the two-mode system from the ML450 hybrid. The automaker showed off the potential for this car with the Vision 500 Plug-in HYBRID concept (above) at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

With the disbanding of the two-mode hybrid joint development with BMW and General Motors, it has been thought that the two-mode system would not be used by Mercedes-Benz in any new applications. This system can support a plug-in variant with electric-only drive. It's also possible that Daimler will create a brand-new system, perhaps derived from the mild system but with a more powerful motor to support electric drive. The PHEV system that will be used in the next-gen S-Class is also expected to be applied across the Mercedes range, so we're thinking a new system is more likely.

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[Source: AutoCar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, am I reading this right? A German car company doing a plug in electric hybird?
      A new age is dawning!!!!!!!!
      now if they could only get this thinking into the cars they make for the masses like the A Calss. I guess they want to pay for the technology development with the spendy rides first.
      • 5 Years Ago
      submitch better do 0-60 in 5.0 for what they're gonna charge for that.
      Otherwise I'll just keep the old S600 V12 biturbo.
      Can buy a LOT of gas for that plug in submitch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so cool, i took long time to develop this technology
      cheap mbt
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can I get one without all the decals?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, I am afraid, though it is available in pink.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a stupid idea. What MB owner will want to plug in a car overnight so they can save a dollar on fuel?