Mercedes-Benz starts production of B-Class Electric Drive

Article by Christian A., on April 24, 2014

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.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is founded on the conventional powered B-Class, a bestseller in many markets since its 2011 debut. As an exceptionally adaptable automobile idea, the B-Class also provides eco-friendly driving at Mercedes levels due to its state-of-the-art electric drive. In the US, only the electric version is being debuted to the market.

Relatively silent and emission-free drive power come from the electric motor that can generate over 100 kW. Typical for an electric vehicle, the top torque level of 310 Nm is achievable immediately from the first press on the accelerator.

This approximately parallels the torque ability of a modern gas motor with a 3.0-litre displacement. This creates unquestionably forceful acceleration from a still start. For the standard measure of 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h), the electric motored B-Class reaches this in much less time than ten seconds. This ensures excellent drive performance and extremely vibrant, exciting drive pleasure in every situation.

A commanding lithium-ion battery provides juice to the electronic drive and fits into the aptly named "Energy Space" in the automobile's underfloor. This solution is safe as well as space-saving. With this clever packaging, the five-seater maintains the recognised, ample interior room and luggage storage availability of a B-Class.

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