Preview: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive has been announced ahead of its official debut at the New York International Auto Show.
The B-Class Electric Drive is headed to US roads in the middle of next year, and will be the country’s first battery electric luxury car. Emissions-free driving is definitely not all about sacrifices, and indeed the B-Class EV will only seem more refined by the quietness an electric motor provides.
Mercedes-Benz estimates that the car has a range of more than 100 miles on a full charge, which should be plenty for most commuters in urban areas to get through their day. 60 miles worth of juice can be charged in under two hours. To make sure it can achieve a good range even with a heavy-footed driver behind the wheel, top speed is limited to 100 miles per hour. That doesn’t mean the electric B-Class will be slow.
Its electric motor provides 174 horsepower, plus all 250 pound-feet of torque are available from zero rpm. It’s no rocket ship, but with a 0-60 time of less than eight seconds, it’s no slouch, either.
The B-Class has the sort of fit and finish one comes to expect from a luxury brand like Mercedes. It also has standard features like a telematics display screen above the center console, Audio 20 with 5.8-inch screen, MP3/CD player with USB connection, and navigation. COMAND Online with internet access is also available as an option.
The electric B-Class is networked, so the owner can use a smartphone or computer to access the Vehicle Homepage for remote checkup and configuration. The driver can plan routes ahead of time based on vehicle range, and can find where along the route they can recharge the car. One can also begin heating or cooling the interior to a comfortable temperature before even getting inside the car.
The B-Class Electric Drive features Collision Prevention Assist, a radar-based safety feature, as standard. Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Active Park Assist are available as options.