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UK Gets First Electric Mercedes-Benz
posted on Oct 23 2014 by Kiri Nowak
Mercedes are planning on making their mark in the electric car market with their all-new electric B-Class. BMW built a completely unique electric car (the i3) but Mercedes are going with what they know and sticking with an existing model, the practical B-Class.
Perhaps they have chosen this specific model as it is more suited to families who want to reduce their carbon footprint. An electric version of the E-Class or SLK may not have had the same appeal to the general public.
This impressive effort from Mercedes can reach 120 miles between full charges. Mercedes claim that in reality most UK drivers will only do less than 30 miles a day which makes the new electric B-Class ideal. Buyers can choose to incorporate Range Plus into their vehicle at an extra cost, this enables the car to drive an extra 30 miles.
Mercedes have been developing this technology for a while now but this is the first time one of their cars will be mass produced. ‘Previously the technology has only been in development cars, so this is the first volume production Mercedes-Benz electric car.’ according to Angus Fitton, PR Manager at Mercedes UK.
This new electric vehicle is actually a joint venture between Mercedes and Tesla, with Tesla providing the electric motor, batteries and some of the electronics. Tesla are no strangers to the world of electric cars, having launched their own electric vehicle, the Tesla Model D, which just happens to be their fastest car ever. Mercedes commented on their joint project with Tesla, ‘It also marks the tie-up with Tesla, so the batteries, electric motor and the electronics that go with it and modulate it all are all Tesla's.’
It’s clear Mercedes didn’t intent to make any sacrifices with this car just because it’s electric. They have included three driving options, Economy Plus, Economy and Sport. It can generate 132 kilowatts which is the equivalent of 117 horsepower as well as 350 pound-feet of torque. Other features included climate control plus, an optional Mercedes-Benz sound for driving under 30mph to help pedestrians notice the car, a 500 litre boot and optional Collision Prevent Assist Plus.
This impressive vehicle is powered by a high-performance lithium-ion battery (capacity 28 kWh). The new electric B-Class is ‘Exceptionally refined with punchy overtaking abilities and impressive ride and handling,’ according to Autocar. It produces a very smooth and quiet ride and has all the driving please of a classic Mercedes, with the added benefit of zero emissions.
The new electric B-Class goes on sale throughout Europe on the 3rd of November. Deliveries are expected before the end of 2014.
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