Seen recently on the Mercedes stand at the 2012 Paris Motor Show was the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric drive. This pure electric car is powered by a lithium-ion battery co-developed with Tesla. Range is touted to be 125 miles, with a top speed of 93 mph. Apparently, the Electric Drive will be the only version of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class that will be made available in America. This, despite the brisk sales of more conventionally-powered variants elsewhere. It seems too that Mercedes-Benz intends to call its EVs Electric Drive henceforth, as a way to associate premium electric vehicles with the Mercedes brand. The introduction of the B-Class Electric Drive to the U.S…. Continue Reading »
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At this year’s Paris Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is giving us a first look at the production ready SLS AMG Electric Drive. It’s certainly no wimpy electric car though; this fully fledged AMG supercar has 740 horsepower and will launch itself from 0 to 60mph in less than 4 seconds. It’s also got a ridiculous 737lb/f of torque. These statistics will make the SLS the fastest and most powerful production electric car in the world, though not the fastest SLS. Top speed will be, of course, limited to 155mph, but Mercedes-Benz anticipates that this will be reached easily.
Rumors are starting to heat up for the 2012 Paris Motor Show, scheduled to start at the end of the month. Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil the Concept B-Class Electric Drive vehicle at the motor show, which will see a 100-kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery mounted on a B-Class. This EV concept builds on the B-Class driving experience, enhancing the focus on family use and everyday transportation. The motor provides the vehicle with a range of 200 kilometers. Driving dynamics are superb thanks to the 310 Nm of torque. In addition, the battery is chargeable using any 230V power outlet. It also has rapid-charging functionality through high-voltage (400V) terminals…. Continue Reading »
Although the basic exterior design will not show it, the smart fortwo electric drive will be on its third generation by the time it comes out in the spring of 2012. With the continuing interest in alternative-powertrain vehicles, the smart production line in Hambach, France has been geared to output 5-figure numbers if necessary. Using a battery supplied by Deutsche Accumotive to power the 55 kilowatt electric motor, the smart electric drive now has the juice to hit 120 km/h and get to 60 mph (wait for it, literally) in 13 seconds. Range of the 17.6 kilowatt/hour battery is 140 kilometers. As with a fossil-fueled car, range will vary depending… Continue Reading »
The venerable Smart fortwo electric drive has been named as among the first 9 electric vehicles to be eligible for up to £5,000 in subsidy starting January 1 next year, as part of a government-backed bid to support the adoption of electric vehicles and electric technology that will help reduce the harmful emissions contributed by the automotive sector. Philip Hammond, British Secretary of State for Transport, gave his thoughts about the program. “Anyone who’s filled up at a petrol station recently will realise that the ability to recharge overnight at 1-3 pence per kilometre is extremely attractive,” said Hammond in an interview with the BBC. The subsidy allows prospective buyers… Continue Reading »
Not having succeeded in thrilling the world in recent years, Daimler’s brand smart is attempting a different approach, one which just might raise the number of sales the company is aiming for. The smart has gone to Paris, where it will be showcased both in the usual internal combustion engine guise, but also with electric drive. The smart fortwo Electric Drive is propelled by a 30 kW magneto-electric motor equipped at the rear which gives a torque if 120 Nm at the first steering of the wheel. The unit boosts the small car to run from zero to sixty in 6.5 seconds, similar to the petrol model. The car gets… Continue Reading »