B-Class Electric Drive Mercedes planned for US
German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has recently outlined the company's plans for making the B-Class Electric Drive available in the US later in the year. The all-electric car has a 177hp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery; as yet, Mercedes has not released any information about the power capacity of the battery pack.
The powertrain and battery pack powering the B-Class was developed in conjunction with Tesla, and a press statement from Mercedes states: "The battery for the predecessor model of the smart fortwo electric drive, for instance, came from Tesla. For the B-Class Electric Drive, Mercedes-Benz is once again leveraging the extensive know-how available from the electric car pioneer and is using the Tesla drive system in its own vehicle."
The B-Class Electric Drive can reach a top speed of 100mph and has an 'all electric' driving range of 85 miles, which is EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) rated.
In terms of performance, the B-Class can accelerate from 0-60mph in a pretty quick 7.9 seconds. The time it takes for an electric vehicle to charge the battery is of paramount importance and the B-Class will take around two hours to be recharged using a 240V outlet, which will provide a driving range of 60 miles.
The US market is vast and has a lot of potential for future sales of electric cars. By making the B-Class available in the US, BMW is hoping to tap into this potential.