B-Class E-Cell Becomes A Practical Daily Driver

Emmanuel P September 14, 2011

Expectedly, German automakers like Mercedes will use the Frankfurt Auto Show to present and announce their upcoming products and technologies that are in the pipeline. One of these is a B-Class vehicle that’s been converted into an E-Cell, which is Mercedes-speak for an EV. But this B-Class E-Cell is unique in that it’s been fitted with a range-extending internal combustion engine that will allow the vehicle to recharge its batteries when they run out.

Prime motivation for this electric B-Class is a 100 kilowatt electric motor getting its juice from a lithium ion array. With this arrangement, range is limited to 100 kilometers but by using the 1000cc turbo engine, range is extended to 600 km.

This kind of range makes it eminently practical as a car that’s not limited by range. In addition, the B-Class E-Cell features a raft of safety features like Attention Assist, Blind Spot and Lane Keep Assist, Active Parking Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Brake Hold and Hill Hold functions, a reversing camera as well as other passive safety systems.

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