Luxury car brand Mercedes-Maybach launches its first plug-in hybrid model

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Since Wilhelm and Karl Maybach began building automobiles in 1921, the Mercedes-Maybach brand has been regarded as the benchmark for automotive style and status. Now the luxury auto maker launches its first S 580 plug-in hybrid.

“With our first plug-in hybrid model, we are combining the luxury experience typical of Maybach with emission-free local driving when in electric driving mode,” said Daniel Lescow, Head of Mercedes-Maybach at Mercedes-Benz Group AG. “The Mercedes-Maybach S 580 e represents a pivotal step in the transformation of our heritage brand into an electric future.”

With an electric range of up to 100 kilometres (WLTP) depending on the vehicle’s configuration and an electric-drive output of 110 kW/150 hp, the luxury saloon can travel locally CO2 emission- free, both in cities and on interurban journeys.

The Mercedes-Maybach S 580 e opens an even more impressive experience of silence. In purely electric driving mode, the already exceptionally quiet interior becomes even quieter. The saloon glides along almost silently and with zero local emissions. Electric-specific features are discreetly integrated with typical Maybach expertise – such as the concealed charging socket on the left side of the vehicle and blue colour accents in the headlights or the battery charging state in the instrument panel.

Figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption are provisional and determined internally in accordance with the “WLTP test procedure” certification method. EC type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official values are possible.

The S 580 e will be available in China before being rolled out to Thailand, Europe, and the rest of the world. Mercedes-Maybach plan to launch a fully electric model later this year.

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