Mercedes B – Class Electric Concept
For some time on the internet you can find spy pictures of Mercedes B – Class Electric, the German carmaker wanted to remove all doubt and finally unveiled its concept version. Although the audience has to wait for the production model has at least one year, the concept is still revealed many details that we could see on the spy pictures of one of the early prototypes, which for some time tested by New York City. Compared with main rivals in the domestic market, such as the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen Golf GTE, B – Class Electric provides space for five adults and 485 liters of space in the trunk, which should be as civilized in everyday driving like any other B – Class on the street.
Mercedes B – Class Electric Concept – Engine
For the mechanics of the car Mercedes contacted Tesla, which supplied the engine, while the German giant in its factories produced the rest of the mechanics. This engine develops 174 hp or eight horses in respect to the above i3 and even 40 hp more in comparison with the 1.8L turbo – diesel engine from the B200 CDI, which is the most popular option among customers of this small MPV.
Like most electric cars, Mercedes B – Class Electric develops high 340 Nm of torque, enough to accelerate to 100 km / h in just 7.9 seconds, and top speed is limited to 160 km / h. At first glance, Mercedes B – Class Electric looks like any other B – Class on the streets, but then you start to notice the difference. For starters, the steering wheel are controls that adjust what you want to ride and how much energy your Mercedes B – Class Electric can spend. At lower speeds, most of us will not notice that this is an electric car, and if the maximum safe drive you can go up to 100 kilometers on a single charge. Battery are below the first and second rows of seats and add up to 300 kg on the weight of the vehicle . This means that the Mercedes B – Class Electric have even 1,750 kg, and for comparison also mention that the BMW i3 weighs “only” 1,195 kg. Nevertheless, Mercedes says the car will soon be able to cross the 200 kilometers between charges , while other sources say it is a more realistic number is about 150 kilometers.
Mercedes B – Class Electric concept – price and release date
The German car manufacturer has not yet announced prices, but when the Mercedes B – Class Electric goes on sale next year , its initial price should be around 35,000 euros ( 47,500 dollars ). However, in addition to significantly more modern and efficient BMW i3, it is unlikely that it rival from Stuttgart will be able to achieve greater success in the market.