2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid

2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz has officially started production on its 2015 S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and will be immediately available, at least in Europe for now.

This is the company’s first-ever use of plug-in technology, although certainly not its first hybrid so this isn’t a complete unknown. The system uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that by itself produces 333 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque, which is supplemented by an 85 kw electric motor and “high-voltage” 8.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that can be charged by a socket in the rear fender.

Mercedes-Benz says the car can travel a maximum of 20 miles on battery-power alone, up to a maximum speed of 85 mph, and can be recharged in anywhere between two and four hours, depending on charger type.

Speaking of prices, the Plug-In Hybrid starts at around $146,000 U.S. (108,944 euros) in Germany, including a 20 percent VAT. No word on North American pricing or availability yet, but we’ll let you know if that changes.