The S-Class is Mercedes-Benz’ flagship model, offering a delightful blend of world-class performance, luxury, style, safety, comfort and technology. With the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-in Hybrid, you get all that plus high-level efficiency.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e Efficiency Ratings
The 2017 S550e Plug-in Hybrid delivers an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 24 city/30 highway mpg and is capable of up to 12 miles of electric driving. The lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in about 2.5 hours.
The S550e offers the driver a choice of four operating modes. The default operating mode is HYBRID, while E-MODE runs on battery alone, at speeds up to 75 mph. E-SAVE keeps the battery fully charged for later usage, while CHARGE uses the gasoline engine to charge the battery to achieve electric range for later usage. Also, numerous other technologies help to maximize driving efficiency. A haptic accelerator pedal uses increased resistance to alert the driver to the limit for electric driving, while pressing the pedal beyond the actuation point starts the gas engine. Also, the regenerative braking system recaptures energy from the wheels during braking and deceleration.
Plug-in Hybrid System of S550e
While hybrids typically carry a stigma as lacking in driving excitement, the S550e shatters this perception with its excellent performance. It combines a direct-injection 3.0-liter turbo V6 with an electric motor for a combined output of 442 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, giving the car an impressive 5.2-second zero-to-60 acceleration time and effortless merging and passing.
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