Mercedes-Benz is showing its fondness for eco-friendly vehicles at the 2011 IAA in Frankfurt, with its display featuring the F125 Concept and a new E-CELL vehicle based on the fresh B-Class. It is equipped with a range extender – the first electric vehicle from Mercedes to have one. The car has a 100 kW electric motor that comes with a lithium-ion battery. The driver could draw extra power from a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine when necessary.
When the car uses pure electric range, it can be driven by up to 100 km (62 miles) However, the Mercedes Benz B-Class E-CELL Plus Concept actually provides a range of up to 600 Km. It can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11 seconds and it could attain a maximum speed of 150 Km/h (93 mph). It comes with a wide range of safety-assist features such as Attention Assis, Blind Spor and Lane Keep Assist, Active Parking Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Brake Hold and Hill Hold function, Reversing camera and the Pre-Safe system. This is the first time that a vehicle in this class has been given these tech elements.
"The Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS shows that our new range of compact cars is all set for the future. The variant involving a battery-electric vehicle with Range Extender further broadens the range of alternative drive concepts from Mercedes-Benz," notes Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "This innovative and highly flexible concept meets our customers' wish for emission-free driving coupled with a large range."