First drive Electric Mercedes BClass BBC Top Gear

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It’s a version of the Mercedes B-Class Drive’, the latter part of nomenclature referring to the fact yes, it’s electric. And

A proper electric car, or one of petrol-electric hybrid jobbies?

electric, with the drivetrain straight from the Tesla S, no less. Daimler, you see, a small equity stake in some time ago, and with the Californian company on the Smart ForTwo Electric too.

So there’s no range-extending or diesel engine on board B-Class, just wires, a a battery and some power.

How power?

174bhp and 251lb ft of and a top speed limited to 100mph (to battery life), which is a considerable step down the Model S’s 400-odd-horsepower But then, it was never going to be a electric B-Class, because Top isn’t in charge at Mercedes. is, and anyway, this thing sprint from 0-62mph in 7.9 via a single-speed gearbox, which is for a B-Class.

But is it really a B-Class?

It is. The ED is built on the production line as the regular because it required no major change.

The current B-Class was with a sort of ‘semi-sandwich’ with a very convenient in the middle of the car underneath the passenger here dubbed ‘Energy Merc has fitted the 28 kW lithium-ion in this little gap, the motor and rest of the electric up front in place of a normal engine.

I’m guessing it’s a bit then?

You guessed wrong. around 300kg heavier a standard B-Class, which is the of having something-amusing-that-also-weighs-300kg on board. a Californian sea lion. Or a baby

How long before I start about running out of juice?

Ah the problem of ‘range anxiety’. reckons on average this Electric Drive can do 115 miles recharging, but of course this is on whether you drive like a and whether it’s really outside: temperature affects charge.

But stick the B to a 400V charger and be full in one and half hours. are also three driving — D-, D and D+ — which can be through using the paddles on the

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The first (D-) applies regenerative braking when the middle (D) adjusts the regen a less noticeably, and the latter allows the car to roll without Go downhill, and it’s possible to the car’s pace using the paddles on the steering wheel.

So it like?

Quiet. Smooth. Punchy. just like a B-Class. was the desired effect. Remember we it was built on the regular production Mercedes wants to keep the build quality as its regular in this electric model, and wants to keep the driver with the ‘normal’ combustion car layout.

So from standstill the has great acceleration off the line, with real ease on the feels well damped, and overall, confident. The noise is commendable in the cabin — barely any train-type whirring though you do have to watch out for rather aggressive regenerative in D- mode.

The steering — to cope with the revised distribution — isn’t the and felt a tad gluey just off but otherwise it’s all standard fare. Nice.

We’re guessing pricey. told us the mighty BMW i3 ‘s was a good indicator (over When we asked about car, Merc reckoned aren’t ready for a ‘standalone’ car. Hence why this has been built to look and act a B-Class.

With so few customers up electric cars, it’s not Merc investing loads of it says. When you lot start them in droves, then you can a Mercedes ‘standalone’ electric one designed from the ground up to be just like the BMW.

But the B-Class ED is a good car, built, with a solid It just needs a sensible We’ll wait until the production model is revealed to out just how much.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class
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Mercedes-Benz B-Class
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