Finally after decent amount of wait time it seems that the 2015 Mercedes B Class Electric Drive will go in production. This is the first production vehicle from Mercedes that will be offered on the U.S. market and from the statement we could hear that the production will start in Rastatt, Germany.
Let’s immediately start with the electric drive system and its setup. First of all we need to say that this system has been developed by Tesla Motors and that it will use 100 kW or 134 hp electric motor that is supplied with electric energy from modern Lithium Ion battery pack. Capacity of its batteries still is not known but since we do have info about the range it can be concluded what amount of capacity it will offer.
According to the company it is possible to drive for about 115 miles per charge but we are pretty sure that this is the number from European test cycle that is much more optimistic than EPA. After the EPA test it we are sure that these numbers will be lower but about 100 miles or 160 km is expected from this model. To reach this amount of miles per charge we will be needing battery pack of about 30 kWh capacity so we do expect something similar to be offered.
2015 Mercedes B Class Electric Drive Specs
For many drivers 134 hp or 100 kW electric motor does not sound powerful but when we add that this electric unit will develop about 228 pound feet of torque we are getting much more serious figures. This amount of torque corresponds to the numbers that we are usually getting from 3.0 liter gasoline engines. The 2015 Mercedes B Class Electric Drive will not have that good acceleration like in the 3.0 liter powered gasoline vehicles but it will still manage to reach 60 mph from standstill in less than 10 seconds. Top speed is limited to 100 mph and these performances will satisfy most drivers, especially those that are eco-friendly.
Just like with many other electric vehicles this one will also come with battery pack placed in the floor. This is done in the way that will not intrude in cabin space plus it offers lower center of gravity that as a result returns optimal weight distribution and better handling. With a Level 2 charging station that sends 240 Volt it will be possible to recharge battery to additional 60 miles of range in about two hours but there are no details what will be the time needed to recharge to 100 percent.
Release date for the optimal weight distribution has been announced and we will see it in dealerships from the summer of this year. One of the problems is the fact that it will not be available in every state, at the launch it will come to California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Other states should be covered during the 2015th.
Production Of 2015 Mercedes B Class Electric Drive
At this point we do not know the price of this model and the number of production models. But we need to add that it is delivered as a compliance car just to satisfy the California zero emission vehicle standards. If this does not change than we will be getting only small number of vehicles available on the market.