B-Class Electric: BMW i3 Specifications, But Simpler To Make
|   Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive was launched on the market in Europe and it represents the latest creative collaboration between the Germans from Daimler and the Americans from Tesla Motors.

Head of Daimler, Dieter Zetsche, said that the new B-Class Electric Drive has specifications comparable to the BMW i3, its main competitor, without it having required the same effort to make. The main difference between the B-Class Electric Drive and i3 is at conception level.
BMW has designed from scratch a fully electric model different from the rest of the range, while Mercedes-Benz chose a different platform for the B-Class, which was able to integrate the electric propulsion system.

This solution brings Mercedes-Benz the possibility of producing the new B-Class Electric Drive on the same production line with conventional powered versions, which significantly reduces costs. The Germans from Mercedes-Benz will gradually launch in Europe's major markets their new B-Class Electric Drive, and its price will be close to that of the BMW i3, the latter costing 35,000 euro on the German market.

The electric version of the B-Class benefits from America's Tesla technology being equipped with a battery and an electric motor developed entirely by the California company. Despite the fact that Daimler sold its stake in Tesla Motors, the American company will remain the supplier of components used by Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.

In comparison with a conventional propulsion B-Class, the electric version is 200 kilograms heavier, because it does not use carbon fiber components to reduce weight and adds a battery pack and electric motor directly to the body near the standard model on which the electric version of the B-Class is based.

On an aesthetic level, the differences between a standard B-Class and an electric one are quite small. We have a changed front grille, which has a blue ornament, blue side mirrors and a set of logos mounted on the bodywork. In addition, the car is completely silent in operation, but Mercedes-Benz has equipped the B-Class ED with a system for generating artificial sounds outside which emits a specific sound at speeds up to 30 km / h to alert pedestrians of the car's presence.

IHS Automotive estimates that the more risky strategy of BMW is a winning long-term option. Because they have developed an electric vehicle with an entirely new platform, BMW expects to achieve sales of 12,800 i3 units in 2020 compared with the projected 6,400 B-Class Electric Drive units for Mercedes-Benz. In other words, people at IHS Automotive estimate that BMW will sell in 2020 two i3 for each B-Class Electric sold in the world in that year, considering only the 100 percent electric versions of the two models. The BMW i3 hybrid versions will increase sales to 32,400 units per year in 2020, according to the same study.

"The B-Class addresses a much larger number of potential customers" than all of Mercedes's previous electric models, stated Hans-Peter Wodniok, Kronberg-based analyst with Fairesearch for Bloomberg. "The current attempts by Daimler and BMW are far more promising than Renault's Twizy or the Smart," which accommodates just two people. "The B-Class or i3 are serious vehicles that also look like cars."
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