As BMW announced that the i3 will cost $41,350 in the United States, Mercedes-Benz is preparing to take on its German rival with the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive. According to the official press release, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will cost $41,450. Based on the standard B-Class, the B-Class Electric Drive uses a Tesla drive system that generates 177 hp (132 kW) and a maximum torque of 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) of torque.
With these numbers, the B-Class Electric Drive accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 100 mph or 160 km/h. Power supply to the electric drive is delivered via a lithium-ion battery, located in the “Energy Space” in the underfloor of the vehicle.
Depending on the driving cycle, the battery offers a range of 85 miles or 137 km/h. For a range of 60 miles (96 km/h) can be charged at 240V in the United States in less than 2 hours, while a full recharge takes about 3.5 hours. The charge socket is located behind the conventional fuel door.
The BMW i3 delivers 170 hp (125 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. I3 sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.3 seconds and has a top speed limited at 93 mph or 150 km/h. The range is 80-100 miles (129-160 km). Still, as an option BMW offers a 650cc two-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine that delivers 34 hp and boosts the total range to 160-186 miles (257-300 km).
Regarding the design, the B-Class Electric Drive comes fitted with a special blue front grille and exterior mirrors for the model painted in white, while the version finished in blue offers silver front grille and exterior mirrors.
Inside, Mercedes-Benz offers as standard the 5.8 in (14.7 cm) color display, twin tuner and MP3- Page 4 compatible CD player as well as USB port, Becker Map Pilot navigation system. As an option, COMAND multimedia system with internet access, navigation and LINGUATRONIC voice control, are available.