First ride 2014 MercedesBenz BClass Electric Drive will beat…

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First ride: 2014 B-Class Electric Drive beat Nissan Leaf in boasts Tesla-built battery

The Mercedes-Benz B=Class Electric shares the platform of the CLA-Class and models, swapping out the gas for electric by way of a battery built by Tesla Hitting the market in the United in June 2014, the B-Class Drive is quiet, speedy, and has range than competitors the Nissan Leaf.

Mercedes-Benz The Mercedes-Benz B-Class features a built by Tesla that up to 115 miles of estimated range on a charge.

Mercedes-Benz may have to fly journalists to Germany for an exclusive of its 2014 B-Class Electric but the mood in Stuttgart was focused entirely on the United States.

That was no accident, as the U.S. be the initial launch market for the Electric Drive, which at the 2013 New York International Show, and was refined to fit the tastes and of American EV drivers. The B-Class is a multipurpose vehicle that on a shared platform with the sedan and the A-Class hatchback, and is on sale in some markets an internal combustion engine.

is confident, however, that an B-Class people carrier is a fit for the U.S. market, according to Schenk, Mercedes-Benz’s chief of electric vehicles.

“This is a [electric] vehicle that everything that American need,” Schenk said. “We some of the competitors are just too

Mercedes-Benz has some experience electric-only powertrains, including the SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar, and its subsidiary’s two-passenger pipsqueak, the Electric Drive. At the heart of the Electric Drive is a system beneath the passenger compartment, with Tesla. As part of an between the manufacturers, the B-Class’s is produced by Tesla at its factory in and then shipped to Europe for the assembly.

Total power output the electric motor is approximately 175 and 250 lb-ft. of torque, through a transmission, which allows the Electric Drive to scoot to 60 mph in 8 seconds. The B-Class Electric tops out around 100 mph, but the figure to most EV drivers be its 115 miles of estimated range – than current competitors’ of size, like the Nissan A full battery charge, on a 2 charger, will take four hours.

A brief road test Stuttgart’s hilly, trafficked confirmed the suspicion that the Electric Drive will no major shocks and surprises, to the experience of driving competitive From the perspective of a rear-seat on the road, the powertrain and suspension in well-sorted harmony, allowing the thrust of immediate torque to on smoothly. Devoid of noise from the engine bay and entering the the ride was whisper-quiet, with the of the occasional electric whoosh as a of the B-class’s electrified core.

the introduction of the B-Cass Electric on American shores – the brand has previous generations of the B-Class and south of the border – Mercedes-Benz is betting that its yet-unfamiliar will find favor current owners, as well as the growing market of EV buyers.

The B-Class’s exterior is an adaptation of cues from the CLA sedan and the R-class MPV, and the B-Class’s will be recognizable to those with the control layout the CLA-class sedan. As in the CLA sedan, a infotainment system sits the center stack, directly three prominent air vents lie on a swoopy piece of dashboard

Mercedes-Benz Inside, prepare for a ride. especially given the of engine noise.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Unique to the Electric Drive is an instrument that features an energy to the right of the speedometer, with drivers can monitor battery and charge. The B-Class will be the first Mercedes-Benz EV to feature a safety monitoring system.

When the B-Class Electric comes to market in the United in June 2014, the all-electric will compete with a new of EVs and plug-in, extended-range hybrids, as BMW’s upcoming i3 electric car. Unlike the i3, which can be with a “range extender,” the will not have a backup of power. Rollout will be although Schenk has particular for California, which he says “is for electric drive, and there are everywhere.”

Pricing has not yet been but Schenk’s team insinuated the B-Class Electric Drive be a “premium product.” We’re to find out if there are enough buyers in America looking to in to a new way of owning a Mercedes-Benz.

Vital Stats . 2014 B-Class; price to be announced

135-hp electric motor

range: 115 miles


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