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Production-Ready Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

The tenth electric car in the upcoming Mercedes-Benz range is the B-Class ED (from Electric Drive, not Erectile Dysfunction, you jokers), recently launched at the 2013 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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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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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the autoevolution.com project.
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