Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive News

By Brad Berman ·
June 01, 2016

Mercedes Promises Four More Electric Cars by 2020

Mercedes-Benz promised last year to offer 10 plug-in hybrids before the end of 2017. Now the company is saying it will add four pure electric cars to its lineup by 2020. These tandem goals, if fulfilled, would fill Mercedes dealerships with a wide array of plug-in sedans and SUVs

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By Brad Berman ·
January 15, 2015

Beyond GM’s Booth, Plugs Evade Limelight of Detroit Auto Show

The mere fact that a car can use grid-supplied energy no longer grabs headlines the way it did just a few years ago. Nonetheless, notable plug-ins from Hyundai, Honda, Audi, Volkswagen, and Mercedes could be found in Detroit.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 18, 2014

Battery Capacity of Mercedes EV is 67% Bigger than for BMW i3

There's an argument that a bigger battery pack is more important than greater efficiency, when it comes to range. Under “normal” charging, the Mercedes EV fully charges to 28 kilowatt-hours. But when the “range plus package” is employed, it pushes utilization to about 31.4 kilowatt-hours. Using that number compared to the i3’s usable capacity of 18.8, and the delta between the two is 67 percent.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 29, 2014

Mercedes Sets $41,450 Price for Small EV, To Match BMW

Judging from my brief time behind the wheel of both cars, they will equally deliver the high level of handling and comfort expected from a BMW or Mercedes.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
December 18, 2013

Drive of Mercedes B-Class Fuel Cell: Awaiting Update

It's a pity Mercedes hasn't green-lighted the development of a fuel cell version of its newer B-class. As the electric version (with a Tesla-sourced powertrain) is coming soon, a fuel cell model would have given the world the exact comparison test that everybody is waiting for. Same car and same motor, with the only difference being in the energy storage: battery or fuel cell.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
November 26, 2013

Small Luxury EVs: Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Will Take on BMW i3

With the B-Class Electric Drive, Mercedes took a completely different approach than BMW did with the i3. That’s notable because the Mercedes press kit lists the i3 as the chief competition for the electric B-Class. They are both premium electric vehicles from German manufacturers, and will likely have very similar range and price. They are both hatchbacks, although the Benz seats five and is larger than the BMW.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 24, 2013

Mercedes Electric B-Class Will Battle BMW i3 For Luxury EV Drivers

The BMW i3 isn’t due to launch in the U.S. until next year, but with the European launch only a few weeks away, glowing test-drive reports are flooding in. With 8,000 reservations already taken in Europe alone, the i3 could be a winner. That will only raise the stakes for Mercedes, as its all-electric B class competes with the i3 for EV buyers.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
September 18, 2013

Mercedes B-class Electric Drive: Built for Americans

It won't be available before late 2014 or early 2015, but the spokesperson I spoke with in Frankfurt quickly added that it will be available at the end of next Spring in America. WHAT? What's this stupid idea that Americans should be served first?

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 20, 2012

Mercedes, with Tesla's Help, to Debut B-Class Electric Drive in Paris

Tesla will show off a new all-electric version of its compact MPV in Paris next week. The car, in a gas version at least, is probably headed for the U.S. The battery car is slated for the road in 2014.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 17, 2012

Extended-Range Mercedes to Launch in 2013, But in Low Numbers

Mercedes-Benz says it will unveil a production-ready version of the B-Class E-Cell at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April, and could add the vehicle to its US lineup in 2013. But based on past statements, we shouldn't expect much from the German automaker.

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