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Mercedes-Benz B-Class EV

With the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Mercedes is acclimating Americans to the idea of a compact, battery-powered luxury automobile. The B-Class will make its way to U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealers in early 2014 and will be built on an entirely new platform, the same one that will support other small Mercedes vehicles like the CLA and A-Class. With that said, it is slightly larger compared to its predecessor, and will offer greater interior room and higher-quality fit and finish.

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive differs from an ordinary Mercedes. Instead of the big V-8s featured across the network, this small car purrs along silently on batteries driving its front wheels. Most of the systems that charge and run the B-Class are part of a deep tech partnership between Mercedes parent company Daimler and Tesla.

The exterior of the B-Class Electric Drive looks mature and refined, echoing the latest Mercedes nose treatment for its small car family. The headlamps dress up the car’s nose with white LED daytime running lights and LED turn signals.

The interior of the B-Class is particularly modern and will appeal to loyal Mercedes drivers and recruits. It features the latest Mercedes leather-trimmed steering wheel, familiar switchgear and quality materials at every touch point. Like most electric vehicles, the B-Class is silent, keeping your drive peaceful as can be. The B-Class also shares core dash hardware with the CLA-Class, including the five round SLS-style air vents embedded in the swooping middle dash panel.

As for technology, the B-Class features on-board 3G connectivity, the same technology that Tesla has used extensively to push software updates wirelessly to each car. At its core, the car basically has its own cell phone data plan, with monthly subscription fees. With connective features, owners can manage their vehicle remotely from a tablet, smartphone or desktop. Functions will include scheduled charging intervals, letting users check the charge status or pre-heat the car on a cold day. All features will be built into a Mercedes-branded application, or will be available via a unique vehicle homepage.

According to Edmunds, Mercedes is keeping with the effortlessness strategy, simplifying the charging promises for the electric B-Class. Using a 240-volt/40-amp outlet, Mercedes quotes a 2-hour-period to 50-percent charge, netting the B-Class about 60 miles of range. On a full charge estimated to be about 6 hours, the B-Class has a driving range of 100 miles.

For more information on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, visit Mercedes-Benz of Tucson.