2014 MercedesBenz BClass Electric Drive | car review @ Top Speed

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class


The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Drive is very different the norm for Mercedes. Instead of the big featured across the network, little car hums along on batteries driving its front It will be the first all-electric from Mercedes-Benz, and the first of any to cross the pond. This the latest company strategy to the range of models from all

Most of the systems that and run the little B-Class will be with its bright-yellow sibling: the SLS AMG Coupe E-Cell. Both are part of a deep tech between Mercedes parent Daimler and Tesla. Fruit this sharing agreement has limited to date, and arguably, of the most sour fruit on the via the Smart ED. That car ran Tesla parts, but downsized. The resulting was appallingly slow. Tesla seem to be sharing the good, stuff yet.

This is set to when the B-Class Electric hits U.S. showrooms in 2014. The model will in dealers first before a roll-out in Europe.

As Mercedes’ first viable EV, the Electric is a complete package excels in its mission of effortless efficiency plus Mercedes-levels durability, luxury and ownership

Updated 04/30/2014: Mercedes prices for the 2014 B-Class Drive which will go on in summer 2014. The model be priced at $41,450, excluding destination and delivery. Customers may be for federal tax credits (which run up to

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The exterior of the B-Class Electric looks mature and refined, and the latest Mercedes’ nose for its small car family. This the large “soft nose” and bumper combo, oversized logo front and center, and headlamps. The headlamps are a particularly feature in this application; dress up the car’s nose with white LED daytime lights and LED turn signals – swooping up the headlamp’s top edge like an eyebrow. Pleasing But that eyebrow line nicely up the doors and gives much-needed shape to the car’s

From the side, the B-Class is a small utility wagon. The high roofline leaves it some of its siblings’ style. The line is completely functional and be perfect for small families or duty. All models feature a all-caps “Electric Drive” the hatch.

Some nice detailing the car ahead of the Prius V plug-ins and C-Max Energis of the world. wheels and body-colored fender add appeal and give the functional box a ‘slammed’ appearance. No doubt for over style, but the good end is the same.

2014 Mercedes-Benz Electric Drive Standard Features

COLLISION PREVENTION w/ Adaptive Brake Assist LED running lamp


The of this plucky little is decidedly modern and will to Mercedes devotees and newcomers It features the latest Mercedes steering wheel, familiar and quality materials at every point.

The seating position is more upright and van-like an E350 Sport and the tall proportions make the dash pad and seem very compact Driver visibility past the A-pillars is very poor. the broad windshield and semi-elevated position helps overcome

Moving rearward, the car features for three in the backseat. Headroom outstanding and the seat promises accommodation for two adults. For families, the will easily seat kids or two rear-facing child It splits and folds to enlarge the area for transporting Ikea

On the move, the electric B-Class is a In the typical electric way, the car is silent, making bumps, and tire rumble are about the noticeable noises in city Addressing an electric car weakness, the also isolates occupants louder cars in traffic. is credited to Mercedes’ expertise in the segment with expertly glazed glass, triple doors and thick insulation.

The shares core dash with the CLA-Class, including the round SLS-style air vents in the swooping middle dash Featuring a muted wood on the debut model, it doesn’t excite as well as the CLA 250’s patterns or shiny aluminum

We start seeing some to the B-Class’s efficient mission as as the displays power up. Charging and displays are visible on the chrome-trimmed, navigation unit and also the TFT screen between the main Similar to the Tesla Model S, the B-Class utilizes the column-mounted selector from the current This allows a smooth armrest area in the Model S, but the console is decidedly more in the B-Class.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The B-Class also features 3G connectivity, the tech that has used extensively to push updates wirelessly to each At its core, the car basically has its own cell data plan, with subscription fees. (The are expected to remain free to for the time being).

With the connective features, owners can their vehicle remotely a tablet, smartphone or desktop. will include scheduled intervals, letting users the charge status or pre-warm the car on days. All features will be into a Mercedes-branded application, familiar to Volt and Leaf or will be available via a unique homepage.

The B-Class Electric ticks almost all the boxes of car buyers, including voice and full smartphone audio via USB. Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming is expected as but remains unconfirmed.

The COMAND suite of technology in-car internet access, features and integrated route that highlights charging on the way.


The B-Class Drive is deceptively simple in its layout. In contrast to most technical drawings, even the press image has only a few here and there describing what.

The B-Class’ electric delivers unexpectedly lively as it whirrs out more that 174 and 250 pound-feet of torque. This is to sprint the tiny electro-hatch to 60 mpg in 7.9 seconds.

Top speed is electronically to 100 mph but most drivers will up by 75 or so. They’ll notice some on the accelerator pedal and range as the car almost actively discourages lane cruising. Even the Tesla Model S Performance happiest below 80 mph.

with the simplicity selling Mercedes has simplified the charging for the electric B-Class. Using a outlet, the company quotes a to 50-percent charge, which the B-Class about 60 miles of On a full charge (estimated to be 6 the car has a better-than-most driving range of 100

Mercedes follows the latest car thinking by building a special charger unit into the car This saves buyers the to install a big charging box on their wall, and instead works normal power outlets to its on-board batteries as fast as it

While unconfirmed, the B-Class Drive might be the first that is both compatible and allowed to charge at, the company’s “Supercharger” stations that dot the coast and are planned to expand the country.

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