Mercedes-Benz S400 Certified for Qualified Hybrid Vehicle Credit

New S-Class Hybrid Eligible for up $1,150 Tax Credit

Oct 06, 2009, 13:49 ET from Mercedes-Benz USA

MONTVALE, N.J., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has designated the new 2010 S400 Hybrid as eligible for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit as a Qualified Hybrid Motor Vehicle. Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid customers are eligible for a one-time tax credit of up to $1,150.

The S400 Hybrid is equipped with the world's first lithium-ion battery designed specifically for automotive use. A lightweight, high-capacity lithium-ion battery works in combination with a 20-horsepower electric motor and a 275-hp, 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine to deliver EPA mileage ratings of 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway - an improvement of 26% when compared to the V8-powered S550 sedan. The 120-volt lithium-ion battery weighs less than most other batteries and can be installed in the engine compartment, requiring no reductions in trunk or cabin space.

The hybrid system includes a seamless start-stop function that turns off the gasoline engine below nine mph when braking to a stop. When the S400 HYBRID is at a traffic light, for example, the gasoline engine is off, but the AC compressor and steering pump are operated electrically, so air conditioning and power steering are fully operational. When the brakes are released, the gasoline engine is started automatically, and works with the electric motor for seamless performance.

During braking, the electric motor acts as a generator, recovering kinetic energy and storing it in the lithium-ion battery. Under heavy braking, the vehicle's conventional brakes provide supplemental stopping power. Recovered energy is stored in the battery and re-used whenever the electric motor is running.

Additional details on the S400 Hybrid and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz lineup can be accessed at

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