Mercedes-Benz kicked off the 2013 New York Auto Show with the debut of their 2014 B-Class Electric Drive! The B-Class Electric Drive was originally unveiled last fall as a concept car, and the newly unveiled production model is powered by a 134 hp electric motor with a range of 115 miles. Although the B-Class is available in Europe with traditional engines, the only version of the B-Class sold here in the US will be the electric version unveiled today. Read on for our exclusive photos straight from the show floor!
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is based on the B-Class MPV and it will be launched first in the USA at the beginning of 2014. The vehicle is the first luxury electric car from Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz partnered with Tesla to perfect the B-Class Electric Drive, which features a very similar exterior to the traditional gas-powered B-Class. The biggest change lies under the hood, where the gasoline/diesel engine in the standard B-Class has been swapped out with a new electric motor with 134 horsepower and 229 lb-ft. of torque. Mercedes-Benz claims that the electric motor’s power delivery is on par with a 3.0L gas engine, and the B-Class Electric Drive will be able to go from 0-60 mph in around ten seconds with a top speed of 100 mph.
The electric motor’s lithium-ion battery is located under the floor in the B-Class Electric Drive. Due to this design there aren’t any compromises in regards to the vehicle’s amount of interior and luggage space. The lithium-ion battery gives the B-Class Electric Drive a range of up to 115 miles, and it can be recharged at any standard household power socket. In the US, the charging time for a range of about 60 miles is less than 2 hours using a 240-volt outlet.
“The B-Class Electric Drive meets the wishes of many customers for emission-free driving without foregoing the hallmark attributes of a Mercedes-Benz, namely safety, comfort and, of course, not to forget exhilarating driving pleasure,” stated Dr. Joachim Schmidt, member of the Mercedes-Benz Cars Board of Management responsible for Sales and Marketing. Mercedes-Benz has yet to announce the pricing strategy for the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive.