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
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
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.