Today, Mercedes-Benz premiered the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Based on the standard B-Class the new electric vehicle is powered by an electric motor delivering more than 100 kW and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. As a result, the B-Class electric drive sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 10 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 100 mph or 160 km/h.
Moreover, depending on the respective driving cycle, the range is around 115 miles (200 km). Charging time for a range of about 60 miles (100 km) is less than 2 hours at 240 V/40 A.
As expected, the B-Class Electric Drive is capable to convert kinetic energy into electric current in deceleration mode and during braking and feeding this energy into the battery. The charging socket is inconspicuously installed behind the charging flap.
Inside, we find high-quality materials and finely structured surfaces. Standard onboard features include the Audio 20 with a 14.7 cm colour screen, a twin tuner, an MP3-capable CD player and a USB connection. Navigation is provided for by the Becker MAP PILOT.
As an option, the B-Class Electric Drive can be fitted with the multimedia system COMAND Online with internet access, navigation and LINGUATRONIC voice control. What’s more interesting is that the owner can access his vehicle via the internet, using a PC or a smartphone. In this way, it is possible to check the current charge status of the lithium-ion battery or to verify the vehicle's current range on a map.
Safety was not forgotten and the B-Class Electric Drive is equipped as standard with the radar-based collision warning system COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with adaptive Brake Assist. The new B-Class Electric Drive will be available initially in the USA from the beginning of 2014, and will be launched in European markets.