Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric
Mercedes is about to step up its electric game by launching an electric version of the B-Class. If we gloss over the usual range of problems electric cars are blessed with, we have to say they’ve done a pretty swift job.
As you’d expect, the car is hugely advanced technologically. At a top speed limited to 150 km/h, the capacity of the highly efficient lithium-ion battery ensures a range of 200 local emission-free kilometres. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept’s battery can be recharged at any standard domestic 230 V power outlet. A rapid charging function is also integrated which enables sufficient energy for 100 km to be charged in under an hour.
So with a 100 kW power and 350 nm of torque, which give the car a 0 to 100 sprint time of 10 seconds, it’s not hard to live with the car either. It’s just the long charging time and the range anxiety issue that might bug you, and quite rightfully so.
Further details in Mercedes press release below:
Elegant and sporty lines
The powerful lithium-ion battery on board the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept is accommodated safely and compactly in the so-called “ENERGY SPACE” under the rear part of the vehicle. This intelligent space concept ensures that the five-seater retains its familiar generously sized interior and boot.
In terms of appearance, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept showcar differs to series production B-Class models in a number of details. These include first and foremost a striking front bumper and new side skirts which flow elegantly into both the front bumper and the newly designed rear bumper. The charging unit is installed inconspicuously behind the filler flap. A special reflective blue colour effect on the exterior highlights the B-Class Electric Drive Concept’s status as a local emission-free electric vehicle.
High-end comfort: exclusive interior
The range of instruments has been extended to cover functions specific to an electric vehicle. The round dial on the right incorporates a power display which is immediately and intuitively comprehensible, for example: the pointer rises when power is being consumed and drops below the zero line when the vehicle is feeding recuperative energy back into the battery. The instrumentation has been designed according to the motto “keep it clean”, i.e. avoiding any unnecessary electronic gadgets which might distract the driver unnecessarily from the traffic.
Soft nappa is predominant inside the vehicle, covering steering wheel, seats, door centre panels, armrests and the dashboard, which is bordered with carefully applied decorative turquoise blue stitching. The passenger compartment is finished in black, white and crystal grey. The perforated seat centre panels and armrests are in keeping with the showcar’s sporty, agile character. Special highlights are provided by fine piping in black, white and turquoise which provides a border for the light seat surfaces. The head restraints additionally sport an embroidered Electric Drive logo.
Cutting-edge technology ensures that the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept is not only sustainable, but also fully networked and online. Remote checking and remote configuration of the vehicle is possible via the so-called Vehicle Homepage. The driver can access their vehicle on the internet, using their PC or smartphone. In this way, it is possible to check the current charge status of the lithium-ion battery or to verify the vehicle’s current range on a map. The planned route can also be displayed, showing directly whether and where the vehicle can be recharged along the way. The range of connected services is rounded off by a pre-entry climate control option offering individual timing. A further feature is smart charging. This involves the customer selecting a desired time for the beginning of his journey. The system then ensures that the battery is fully charged in time, taking economical and ecological considerations duly into account by using the most cost-effective or CO2-optimised charging times.
Big on safety
Mercedes-Benz attaches the same high safety standards to the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept as apply to all the other series-produced vehicles of the MB brand. The very high safety standard of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class provides the starting point. Thanks to the innovative “ENERGY SPACE”, the battery is accommodated under the floor at the rear of the vehicle, enhancing safety in the event of a crash.
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