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We finally got a clear look at the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show last fall, but it took until this week to learn what the vision (see what we did there) is that Mercedes-Benz has for the PHEV. Despite it's generous size, Mercedes thinks this is a vehicle that will work well in urban areas.

Speaking to members of the media during the Detroit Auto Show, Thomas Weber, Daimler AG management board member and research and development chief for Mercedes-Benz cars, said that the S500 PHEV, "will play a major role in congested areas" and that it will offer "a lot of driving pleasure."

Part of that pleasure will come from a 0-62 mile-per-hour time of around 5.5 seconds thanks to a turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 and an 80-kilowatt electric motor. The PHEV also has a 19-mile EV range, which will put it at the bottom end of the Three-Pointed star plug-in lineup. The upcoming C-Class plug-in, for example, will likely go, "closer to 50 km [31 miles]," Weber said, according to Green Car Reports.

The S500 PHEV will go on sale in Europe later this year and will come to the US in early 2015 but there is no timeline, yet, for the C-Class plug-in (and the standard gas-electric hybrid version) or the even-more-future E-Class hybrids.


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      Murad
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd probably need to fill up about 3 times a year if I had this car. I'd get 500 mpg.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sure what they mean by this is it avoids the London congestion charge. I'm sure it does very close to the minimum amount of electrification required to do this.
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Maximizing profit? They will be shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to US plug-in rebates though.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          From memory the battery already rather reduces luggage space. Owners of a car like this are going to be intolerant of compromise, and a bigger battery would further reduce the trunk. Daimler don't fancy altering the body for a low volume car and haven't got the multi-drive train compatible platforms the VW group have, so haven't got much choice but to give it reduced EV range. The big Audi's will of course have the VW platform and should do far better for EV range.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        @ Rotation From the official Transport for London website : Exemptions: Vehicles registered with the DVLA with a fuel type 'electric' . Alternatively, 'plug-in hybrids' listed on the TfL-approved list of eligible vehicles below; Eligible plug-in hybrid vehicles: BMW i3 BMW i8 Chevrolet Volt Ford Focus Electric Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid TELSA Model S Vauxhall Ampera Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
      Lancelot
      • 1 Year Ago
      Made in USA = Tesla S = #1
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