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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Debut

Luxury goes zero-emission, Mercedes-Benz style.


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What's New

As one of five new vehicles Mercedes-Benz is debuting this year, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive arrives to offer zero-emission luxury. It's a theme we've been hearing a lot here, with automakers touting an electrified future. The B-Class looks to offer a range of 124 miles, and with the battery-pack stored efficiently underneath the car, it won't take away from cargo space or passenger room. The five-door also features a low center of gravity, which means for an electric vehicle, it could boast good handling. The 2014 B-Class Electric Drive is scheduled to be sold in the U.S. later this year, before hitting the global market.

Who It's For

Efficiency-minded buyers with an eye for luxury may be the early adopters of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. With seating for five and ample cargo room, the B-Class Electric could make for a small family city-commuter, and be a natural for city and government fleet cars. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive could offer a more luxurious slant to the Ford Focus EV and the Nissan Leaf, in a segment that is expected to grow in the coming years.

Key Features

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will go on sale in the U.S. later this year, and will offer zero-emission driving in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz package.
  • Range of 124 miles
  • five-door hatchback body design
  • Mercedes-Benz says it will offer great handling and a dynamic driving experience.

What We Think

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will go on sale later this year, and will offer the utility of a five-door hatchback, and Mercedes-Benz premium touches. We like the idea of zero-emission luxury, but it's much too early to tell how the lukewarm electric market will take to Mercedes-Benz's offering. We drove the automaker's fuel-cell car, which is also based on the B-Class, but found that aside from the Mercedes badges, there wasn't much in the way of premium content. So we'll be looking to see if the production version materials and features stack up to non-electric models. Price will also be another important consideration, and we're not likely to have one for some time yet.

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