The green Car from Mercedes in the compact B-Class model
|   Saturday, September 22, 2012
Mercedes Benz has decided to go into the green cars manufacturing in a bigger way. The platform they have chosen for this is the compact B-Class. The confirmation to bring a natural gas powered B-Class was announced at the Paris motor show, and now the electric drive in the Mercedes B-Class as well.

The experiment with the electric car was always on for the time being with Mercedes which included selling a golf cart. They grouped it under smart electric drive.
Reports suggests that the car would consist of a battery pack from their parent own brand Tesla motor and an electric motor. Though Mercedes has not confirmed this officially but Mercedes parent Daimler owns a percentage of the Tesla motor.

Speaking of the specifications the Mercedes B-Class will have a 100 kW electric motor which will have a 229 lb-ft of torque and a battery pack. The battery is obviously of Li-ion. The range of B-Class is reportedly 124 miles. The other available EV`s are the Nissan Leaf with 73 miles but it is much behind its other concerns entry level version. The Tesla model S with 160 miles. The model will have a minimum of two driving options namely 230 v and 400 v. details about the charging time can only be obtained after its debut at the Paris. Even comment on the performance needs a wait till the launch of the car at Paris.

The new technology of Energy space modular platform is there in the Mercedes B-Class electric drive. Like the B200 Natural gas Drive, The Mercedes B-class takes the same advantage of the newly launched technology. The option to reconfigure the design to package different types of power trains in the same car is available here. The interior space in B-class is preserved. The battery pack is set in the floor, next to the rear axle. Interior space has been of a great demand among these cars and that has widely been looked after in this series.

The Mercedes B-Class redesigned will start its journey in the United States and is in the pipeline of the projects to be rolled out. It is expected to be rolled out in 2014 and will definitely split the difference in the EV model of Nissan and the luxurious model of Tesla. As it is a entry level Mercedes, the Electric Driven B-Class will offer a more upscale feel but when compared to the performance of Tesla, It won`t reach that level of performance.

After the small start of the electric drive in the form of golf cart, the Company is expected to be offering several other models under this Electric Drive brand. Mercedes continues to produce the fuel combustion cars but since the electric cars are the near future, it is becoming ready to change with the times and is expected to become a giant also in this EV world. The Paris show is expected to reveal a lot of such future planning's from Mercedes.
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