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.
The Mercedes Benz is staking a claim of leadership in the electric vehicles segment with the B-Class Electric Drive. Given the reputation and technical and design expertise of Mercedes Benz, it is safe to assume the brand is capable of establishing a foothold in the electric vehicle category.
It starts with the Mercedes Benz cutting-edge technology that allows it to produce an emission-free B-Class Electric Drive that is also fully networked, thus opening the doors to a world of amazing possibilities and capabilities. The B-Class Electric Drive is connected online via the Vehicle Homepage, allowing the remote configuration and remote checking of the vehicle.
The driver is given online access to the vehicle, enabling the driver to monitor both the range the vehicle can run and the updated charging load of the lithium-ion battery. This interconnectivity also enables the driver to plan the travel route and already determine stops during the trip when the lithium-ion battery can be charged. Finally, the connectivity capability of the B-Class Electric Drive allows individually timed pre-heating or cooling because of the pre-entry climate control option. All these mean the driver is significantly empowered and in control of the B-Class Electric Drive.
Mercedes Benz has always put a premium on safety, and it is no different in its safety approach to the B-Class Electric Drive. It has the battery tucked safely and conveniently in the underfloor to protect it from crashes. The B-Class Electric Drive also comes with a collision warning system that is radar-based plus a Collision Prevention Assist system complemented by Brake Assist.
What these advanced and innovative systems do is provide the driver visual and acoustic warnings in cases when there are obstacles on the road which are recognized by these smart technological systems. These also provide assistance to the driver in the braking process when necessary, in the process, helping reduce possibilities of rear-end collisions. Other highly advanced features of the Mercedes Benz B-Class Electric Drive are the Lane Keeping Assist, the Active Parking Assist, and the Blind Spot Assist.