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Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric On The Way, More FWD Models In A Few Years

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Mercedes-Benz is best known for its big sedans, but lately the German automaker has been looking into smaller and more efficient vehicles.

That lineup is expected to increase over the next few years, reports Automotive News.

Mercedes will expand its roster of front-wheel drive models when a new platform, announced by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, debuts in 2018.

This follows the launch of the CLA-Class recently introduced in the U.S. While the CLA takes Mercedes into previously unexplored territory in the U.S, the marque's next front-drive model will be even further from home--the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.

The company had already confirmed the model for the U.S, but the Electric Drive has kept a fairly low profile outside of auto show appearances. We now know it should hit the U.S. in Spring 2014, a revision from the previous estimates of "early" 2014.

Based on the gasoline and diesel B-Class models sold in Europe and elsewhere, the Electric Drive features a 100-kilowatt (134 horsepower) and 228 lb-ft electric motor, which Mercedes says should match the torque of a 3-liter gasoline engine.

A 0-60 mph sprint of "considerably less than 10 seconds" is on the cards, as is a limited top speed of 100 mph. Range should be around 115 miles.

What we're most intrigued about is what the B-Class may cost. Mercedes hasn't revealed any estimates, but with BMW's i3 electric car now priced at $42,275, competition has just become a little tougher for the B-Class.

The next front-drive Mercedes model will be the next-generation GLK crossover, debuting in September 2014. From 2018, a whole new front-drive platform will debut, with both a CLA-based convertible and a two-door roadster mooted.

The compact A-Class, on which the CLA sedan is based, is still not planned for U.S. sales.

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  1. I'd still pick the i3 it's built from the ground up as an electric car, at this point the B-class electric drive would have to match the i3's price and have little or no intrusion into the cabin or cargo area by the battery. Being a conversion it won't be able to match the revolutionary materials used in the i3 either.
     
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  2. The Mercedes may have better range, based on the rumors of battery capacity. 28 kWh for the B, and only 22 for the i3. 20-30 miles of additional range would certainly sway me to the Mercedes, as would the normal rear doors.
     
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  3. If MB is buying the same powertrain from Tesla as Toyota, then I would expect the spec from this one to be very similar to the eRav4.

    The range is certainly similar.
     
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  4. Tesla is the undisputed leader in EV technology now and they are working with a variety of companies to provide electric drive trains and other componets that are both efficient and offer good range and performance. Elon Musk said that he would rather develop partnerships with other automakers in which Tesla can provide some expertise on BEV as well as get money from these companies who are willing to pay Tesla for their expertise in designing EV drivetrain.
     
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  5. @Mark: I think the question is whether Musk wants Tesla to have a second sideline of supplying large volumes of electric powertrains, or whether he will restrict it to the provision of limited numbers for compliance cars only.

    Thus far, every car with a Tesla powertrain has been either a low-volume test fleet or a compliance car:
    - Smart Electric Drive (2nd gen, not 3rd)
    - Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell
    - Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
    - Toyota RAV4 EV

    And the electric-car fans who hope that if those cars sell well, production will rise ... are dreaming. Those are set contracts for fixed numbers of battery packs/drivetrains.
     
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  6. It's not surprising that that is the case. Musk knows as well as anyone that if a company is serious about production volume and turning a profit on EVs, they will put in the effort to develop their drive trains in-house. Compliance car parts contracts are a nice side-gig for Tesla, but no one should be under the illusion that it's a sustainable business model.
     
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  7. Interesting offering by Mercedes. More conservatively styled than the LEAF, which may or may not be a good thing. Dashboard state of charge meter implies it automatically goes into Eco mode when nearing the bottom of its SOC.
     
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  8. I don't see where you get "Dashboard state of charge meter implies it automatically goes into Eco mode when nearing the bottom of its SOC." The SOC is represented by the small battery gauge set into the speedo on the left. The large indicator on the right of the dashboard is the instantaneous power indicator. When you floor the accelerator, it goes to 100% (full clockwise needle), when it's full regen it goes into the green region (full counter-clockwise needle). The Eco label shows that you should keep it below about 50% power for economical driving.
     
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  9. Yes, I can see that now. Thanks for the explanation.
     
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  10. Isn't that the GLA coming in 9/14, not the GLK?
     
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