Production-Ready Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive [Video][Photo Gallery]
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The second model to benefit from Daimler AG's ongoing cooperation with Tesla Motors, the B-Class Electric Drive offers a NEDC range of around 200 kilometers (124 miles) with the help of a lithium-ion battery.
Dr Joachim Schmidt, member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars with responsibility for Sales and Marketing, set to retire soon, had this to say about the model: “Electric motoring with battery and fuel cell has a long history at Daimler. Our electric family of currently nine models is now being strengthened by the introduction of a tenth member. The B-Class Electric Drive meets many customers' demands for emission-free motoring without foregoing the hallmark attributes of a Mercedes-Benz: safety and comfort. And, let's not forget: exhilarating driving pleasure.”
The Tesla-sourced drive system is represented by an electric motor that develops 177 hp and a not-to-shabby 340 Nm (251 lb ft) of instantly-available torque, enough to make the B-Class electric drive reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standing start in just 7.9 seconds.
Its top speed is limited to 160 km/h (99 mph), while the battery can be charged in about 1.5 hours from a 400V charging station in Europe to offer a range of approximately 100 km (62 miles). The model will be launched first in the US in 2014, with Europe following soon after.
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