Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid Arrives In US

Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid Arrives In US

It wasn't exactly a heated race to deliver the first all-new plug-in vehicle for the United States in 2015.

EV Technology Is Rapidly Invading The Premium Luxury Space In The US

EV Technology Is Rapidly Invading The Premium Luxury Space In The US

Just 200-odd days after Ryan Seacrest dropped the ball on 2014 in New York City, the first new EV offering for the US was sold in mid-July by Mercedes-Benz in the form of the S550 Plug-In Hybrid.

Look at our monthly EV sales scorecard, by month's end 10 had been delivered to Americans.

In fact, 3/4s of a year had gone by since the last major plug-in was launch in America (Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid in October 2014).

The luxury Mercedes starts at $94,400 (+925 destination) and features a 8.7 kWh battery that helps propel the large sedan to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, as well as giving it an estimated all-electric range of about 18 miles.  The S550 PHV is also eligible for some $4,700 in federal incentives.

It should be noted that even before federal incentive, the S550 plug-in is the least expensive of any S Class offering.  The  S550 petrol sedan starts at $95,650 (+dst).

More significantly, the arrival of the S550 Plug-In is the first of a wave of a dozen new (or upgraded) EV offerings for the back half of 2015.  Other notable new and significantly upgraded EVs arriving in the next 8 weeks are the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, Tesla Model X, Volvo XC 90 and of course next generation Chevrolet Volt.

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers - *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

Mercedes-Benz C350e Arrives Shortly

Mercedes-Benz C350e Arrives Shortly

Shortly, Mercedes will also begin deliveries of the C350 e in the US, which is a smaller sedan also featuring about 20 miles of electric range.   Once on sale, the C350e will make Mercedes-Benz the first American brand to have sold 4 different plug-ins (including a handful of supercar SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drives).

Currently, both Porsche and Ford also have 3 plug-ins available for sale.

Worldwide, Mercedes has already sold ~400 S550 Plug-in Hybrids, and just over 1,000 C350e Plug-Ins.