Mercedes-Benz expects B-Class Electric Drive to outpace the BMW i3

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 17, 2013

Yesterday we’ve told you that i3 demand makes BMW think at a production boost but it appears that the competition is not sleeping at all. Daimler Research and Development chief Thomas Weber believes that the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 as well as other competitors.

According to the same Weber, the new B-Class Electric Drive will be at least as competitive as other electric vehicles.

Moreover, the new B-Class Electric Drive will have a range of 200 km (124 mph) while the top speed achieved will be 160 km/h or 100 mph. With a maximum torque of over 300 Nm, the B-Class Electric Drive will be capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds.

According to Weber, the batteries can be fully charged in just three hours. Pricing is not set yet, but in order to take on the i3, Mercedes-Benz will have to be competitive.

Bmw offers a range-extending engine for its i3, but Mercedes-Benz doesn’t have plans for this. Mercedes-Benz will first introduce the electric B-Class in the United States in the spring of 2014, while Europe will get it in autumn.

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