Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2014 B-Class Electric Drive
The all-new 2014 model year Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive makes its world debut at the New York International Auto Show. The Electric Drive provides a high-torque electric motor for completely emissions-free driving with an estimated range of around 115 miles (200 km), according to the automaker.
In addition, the B-Class Electric Drive is digitally networked. Thanks to its connectivity, it can be checked and configured via the internet. The B-Class Electric Drive will have its global launch in the U.S. in early 2014 and be the first luxury battery electric car from Mercedes-Benz in the market.
The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is based on the conventionally powered B-Class, which has become a bestseller in many countries since its market debut in 2011. In the U.S., the vehicle will only be introduced with battery electric drive, according to the company.
Quiet and locally emission-free drive power is provided by an electric motor with more than 134 hp (100 kW). Typically for an electric drive, the maximum torque of 228 lb.-ft. is available right from the first tap on the accelerator pedal – this roughly corresponds to the torque delivery of a modern gasoline engine with a displacement of 3.0 liters. This results in decidedly powerful acceleration from a standing start. For the standard sprint from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h), the electric-powered B-Class requires less than 10 seconds.
The powerful lithium-ion battery is accommodated in the "Energy Space" in the vehicle's underfloor. The packaging design allows the five-seater to retain the familiar, generous interior and luggage space of the B-Class.
The maximum speed is electronically limited to 100 mph (160 km/h) - in the interests of operating range. The range is around 115 miles (200 kilometers), according to the respective driving cycle. The battery of the B-Class Electric Drive can be recharged at any standard domestic power outlet. In the U.S., the charging time for a range of about 60 miles (100 kilometers) is less than 2 hours at 240v/40 A.
While the car is on the move, the electric drive itself contributes to a favorable energy balance by converting kinetic energy into electric current on the overrun and during braking, and feeds this energy into the battery (recuperation).
Preliminary Technical Data
more than 134 hp (100 kW)
more than 228 lb.-ft.
115 miles [US City], 200 km [NEFZ]
Charging time for a range of
60 miles [US City] (100 km [NEFZ])
USA: 2 hours 40 A/240 V
(ECE: 1.5 hours 400V)
Acceleration 0-60 mph
under 10 s
100 mph (160 km/h),
2014 B-Class Electric Drive (134 hp/100 kW, 228 lb.-ft.)
Standard Feature Highlights:
- 28 kWh lithium-ion battery
- Charging time range for 60 miles: 2 hours
- 0-60 in less than 10 seconds
- COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST w/ Adaptive Brake Assist
- Audio 20 with 5.8" color screen
- MP3-capable CD player and USB connection
- Becker MAP PILOT
- LED daytime running lamp
Optional Feature Highlights:
- COMAND Online with internet access, navigation and voice control
- Blind Spot Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Active Parking Assist