The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is proof that the electric vehicle market is maturing. The new electric Mercedes offers the driver and up to four passengers the familiar high standards of ride comfort in a high-class, spacious and precision-designed interior.
Based on the conventionally powered B-Class, the Electric Drive was developed in collaboration with Tesla Motors. Emission-free motoring is ensured by an electric motor generating 130 kW. Typically for an electric drive system, this develops its maximum torque of of 251 lb-ft (340 Nm). For the standard sprint from 0 to 60 100 km/h, the electric-powered B-Class requires 7.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 160 km/h (100 mph).
The B-Class Electric Drive can be charged from any standard domestic power socket, and for a range of around 100 km, the charging time at 400 V in Europe is about 1.5 hours. While the car is on the move, the electric drive itself contributes to a favorable energy balance through recuperation by converting the kinetic energy produced during braking into electric power and feeding it to the battery. Thanks to the innovative ”Energy Space”, the battery is safely accommodated in the underfloor of the vehicle, where it is ensured protection in the event of a crash.
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is set to be launched first on the US market this summer, and priced at $41,450.
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