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A Closer Look at the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show is already prepping for its debut in the United States of America this summer. It will come with a base price of $41,450. Specs of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive The first-ever fully electric-powered car of Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. carries an engine developed by Tesla Motors. It has a battery pack with 28-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The final output of the production model’s motor is 132 kW with 251 lb-ft of torque. That’s 75 kW and 23 lb-ft more than what Mercedes quoted during its debut. The power of the car enables it to sprint from zero… Continue Reading »

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Tesla Supplies Motor for US-bound B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz has enlisted the aid of Tesla Motors, the electric car and electric powertrain designer and manufacturer based in Silicon Valley, to provide the 135-horsepower electric motor of the all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which was announced at the New York Auto Show this past week. The car is expected to be out on the US market sometime in early 2014. Aside from the motor, the charging system and the car’s batteries are also supplied by Tesla, which has been working with Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler since 2007, supplying the Li-Ion battery packs and charging systems used on the first thousand smart cars. Daimler also owns a minor stake in… Continue Reading »

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Tesla Working on All-Electric B-Class?

Last May, there were reports coming out that German automaker Mercedes-Benz had contacted premium electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors about possibly working on an all-electric Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Initial reports said it was an A-Class, but now it turns out that the vehicle in question is actually a B-Class. According to new reports, the all-electric B-Class should make its world debut sometime in 2014. The first idea was to use range extenders, but ultimately the engineers went with an all-electric drivetrain, of which Tesla should be in charge. There’s barely any specific information right now, but don’t worry because we’ll make sure that you’ll be updated once new details surface. Could… Continue Reading »

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Tesla Motors to Supply Mercedes-Benz with Lithium Ion Batteries

A couple of weeks ago, we reported on a technology deal that Daimler AG and Tesla Motors are working on. While we thought the deal might involve the 1.0l smart fortwo engines, as Autoblog was claiming. According to AutomobilWoche, the deal involves lithium ion batteries that Tesla Motors will be supplying for the Mercedes-Benz electric cars. Mercedes probably realized that Tesla is much farther ahead in the development of long-lasting and durable lithium ion batteries than they are, which is why they opted to purchasing the batteries, instead of making them. The process of making batteries for electric vehicles as well as hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius, is fairly… Continue Reading »

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