Mercedes-Benz has commenced series production of the B-class Electric Drive that will arrive in the United States this summer and in Europe later this year. The B-class Electric Drive – Daimler’s second battery powered vehicle next to the Smart ForTwo EV – could travel up to around 200 km (124 miles) in a single charge and could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph).
Mercedes developed the model in partnership with Tesla Motors. It is ran by a Tesla-sourced front-mounted electric motor that provides up to 174 hp.
The motor, in turn, is powered by Tesla's 28.0-kWh lithium-ion battery mounted low in the floor between the front and rear seats. The battery is housed in a step in the cabin floor that doesn’t affect space inside.
A Daimler spokeswoman told Automobilwoche that the German expected “five-figure production” of the B-class Electric Drive during its life cycle. Mercedes is building the B-class Electric Drive on the same production line as its gasoline, diesel and natural-gas B-class models at its Rastatt site in Germany.