2014 Mercedes Benz B-Class Electric Drive features premium interior, powerful electric motor for emission-free mobility and dynamic design. This allows for effortless, lively driving pleasure over a real-world range of 85 miles. Besides, the B-Class ED is digitally networked; with its connectivity, it can be conveniently configured and checked through the internet. As the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, it sets clear standards in terms of quality, safety and comfort for up to five passengers. The B-Class Electric Drive, bearing the unmistakable 3-pointed star trademark, will be first introduced in the US market in the summer of 2014.
The 2014 Mercedes Benz B-Class surprises with a particularly dynamic driving experience. It offers noticeably powerful acceleration, while gliding along quietly. It also offers the driver and up to four passengers the familiar high standards of ride comfort in a spacious, precision-designed and high-class interior. The B-Class Electric Drive combines dynamic driving pleasure with zero local emissions – in short: it delivers electric driving at premium level.
Powerful Drive With Brisk Acceleration
The B-Class Electric Drive is based on the traditionally powered B-Class, for which the current-gen has become a bestseller since being introduced in 2011 in many countries. Since the introduction of first B-Class version in 2005, the automaker has seen customers taking delivery of over one million of these vehicles. As an especially versatile vehicle concept, with its groundbreaking electric drive, the B-Class now allows extra environmental friendly capabilities to Mercedes norms.
Motivation for the B-Class comes from an electric motor, which is good for pumping out 177 horsepower with 251 pound feet of torque. This is approximately equivalent to the torque from a modern 3.0-liter gasoline powerplant. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. Exhilarating driving pleasure and effortless drivability with a high level of comfort are thus guaranteed in every situation.
The power supply to the electric drive is delivered though high-performance lithium-ion battery that’s safely and compactly housed in the “Energy Space” in the underfloor of the vehicle.
Zero Emissions Also On Longer Journeys
In the interests of optimizing range, the top speed is electronically limited to 100 mph. Depending on driving cycle; the vehicle has a range of 85 miles. This permits emission-free driving not just on short journeys and in city traffic, but also over longer distances. The B-Class ED can be charged from any standard domestic power socket. For a range of 60 miles, the charging time at 240V in the United States is less than 2 hours.
Dynamic Mercedes-Benz Design
Aesthetic appeal combined with refined sportiness – the 2014 Mercedes Benz B-Class features the dynamic and self-assured styling so typical of Mercedes with finely crafted details and powerfully defined lines. The rear and front sections express the width of the vehicle. This is ensured by the prominent, wide grille and wraparound headlamps into the sides, in addition to, two-piece taillights, large tailgate with deep sill and by the wide rear window. A dynamic look is created by striking bumpers with bar-shaped LED DRLs (daytime running lamps) and door-sill panels. The charge socket is inconspicuously installed behind the traditional fuel door.
Sporty Interior With Classy Touches
The interior highlights the high standards of comfort typical of Mercedes-Benz. Finely textured surfaces, high-grade materials, precision workmanship and classy touches make it clear that Mercedes style electric drive is defined by high standards.
The three large round center air vents with their distinctively styled cruciform nozzles add a sporty flair, which contributes to the overall emotive design idiom of the interior. Positioned above the air vents and seemingly free-floating is the screen for the telematics system – a state-of-the-art eye-catcher in the cockpit.
In terms of communication and information systems, the B-Class provides levels of functionality and comfort, which is customary of any MB. The standard equipment package includes twin tuner, MP3-Page 4 compatible CD player, USB port and a head unit with 5.8 in (14.7 cm) color display. The Becker MAP PILOT is a standard navigation system, whereas the COMAND multimedia system with navigation, LINGUATRONIC voice control and internet access is also optionally available.
Ideally Networked: Connected Services
Thanks to its modern technology, the 2014 Mercedes Benz B-Class ED isn’t just agile and sustainable, but also connected. For example, the Vehicle Homepage enables convenient remote configuration and remote interaction of the vehicle. The driver can use their Smartphone or PC to conveniently access the vehicle through the internet. It’s possible, for example, to determine the current state of charge of the lithium-ion battery or show the vehicle’s current range on a map.
Big On Safety
Mercedes-Benz applies its familiar, high safety standards to the B-Class Electric Drive. Thanks to the innovative “Energy Space”, the battery is safely accommodated in the underfloor of the vehicle, where it is ensured protection in the event of a crash. In addition, Mercedes Benz has equipped this pioneering electric car with the radar-based collision warning system COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with adaptive Brake Assist as standard.
Electric Drive Made By Mercedes-Benz
Locally emission-free electric vehicles such as the all-new B-Class Electric Drive are a key part of Mercedes-Benz’s strategy for sustainable mobility. The Stuttgart-based premium automaker is asserting its claim to leadership in this segment with electric vehicles, which are completely suitable for everyday use. Mercedes Benz aims to reinforce its position in future, not least with the new B-Class Electric Drive, which will be available initially in the USA as of mid of 2014, before subsequently being introduced to European markets.
The 2014 Mercedes Benz B-Class Electric Drive will start at $42,375. Sales will begin this July, being offered for now just in the following 10 states: Connecticut, California, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, New York, Vermont and Rhode Island. Mercedes-Benz is expected to announce expanded availability sometime in 2015.