Daimler transplants Tesla drive into B-Class Benz
Daimler’s investment into US electric car pioneer Tesla bears fruit: At the IAA automotive fair, Daimler announced a version of its Mercedes-Benz B-Class compact car with electric drive. The powertrain is widely based on technology from Tesla.
The electric B-Class will hit the dealer showrooms in 2014 – and the vehicle will be introduced first in the U.S. market. The design focus was on a sporty driving behaviour, as far as such a goal is possible in a comfortable four-seat compact car. At the fair, Daimler already gave deep insights into technology and equipping. The electric motor generates 130 kW, enough to accelerate the vehicle from zero to 100km/h (62,15 mph) in less than 8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 160 km/h (100 mph). As usual with electric motors, it develops its maximum torque (340 newton-metres) from zero rpm. The lithium-ion battery is housed in a so-called “energy-space” in the vehicle’s underfloor. The driving range is relatively ample at 200 km, compared to other current electric vehicles. Of course, the range depends greatly on the driving cycle and the driver’s inclination to make generous use of the accelerator pedal.