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.
The B-Class Electric Drive is another entry of Mercedes Benz into the electric vehicle segment. The B-Class Electric Drive sports the comfort, style, and elegance one has come to expect from a Mercedes Benz, plus the efficiency of an electric-powered car.
Mercedes Benz manages to combine the B-Class Electric Drive’s appealing visual exterior with its sporty character. From the exquisite details of the tense, powerful lines to the prominently wide grille that highlights the width of the car from both the front and the back, the B-Class Electric Drive is a result of Mercedes Benz’s meticulous engineering and detailed styling.
It is armed with LED daytime driving lights that are bar shaped and found in the bumpers and side sill panels, plus headlamps that extend all the way to the sides of the vehicle. The wide rear window also comes with large tailgate with boot sill that is low and a two-piece rear lamp cluster. Behind the charging flap is a charging socket that blends inconspicuously.
The interior of the B-Class Electric Drive is a Mercedes Benz through and through. It is made of materials of the highest quality which are evident in how the surfaces have been finely structured. Premium and precise finishing is seen in every detail of the B-Class Electric Drive’s interior.
Also impressive in the B-Class Electric Drive are the centre air vents which are designed distinctly as cross-formed nozzles, giving more emphasis to the sporty character and interior emotional design idiom of the B-Class Electric Drive. A telematics system display screen is located right above the air vents, appearing like a modern, free-floating device in the car’s cockpit.