Mercedes-Benz taps Tesla to power new B-Class electric compact

By Shawn Knight
May 1, 2014
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  1. Mercedes-Benz recently partnered with Tesla Motors to help build its new B-Class Electric Drive compact. The vehicle, which debuted this week, is powered by a battery pack developed by Tesla according to a report from Auto World News.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 2,919   +1,176

    B-class Mercedes here is not popular. It is too small to be called an SUV, and if you do not care about the capacity, then it is just too ugly.

    It may be 1/10th of the disaster that class R turned out to be, but it is certainly not the right brand for promoting electrical engines either. C-class should be the one for this kind of try-outs, or E-class, in the worst case scenario.

    Ironically, Mercedes first proper hybrid is the new S500, for people who do not care about saving on petrol, and that was following the SLS hybrid, for people who do not care much about anything.
    Last edited: May 1, 2014
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,913   +1,705

    Over 40 grand for that car??? You gotta be joking man.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 2,919   +1,176

    Exactly, that's another side of the ugliness - the cost of the battery is too high for the B-class. As if it is not bad enough that few people like the B-class and its market share is dwarfed by the E-class and completely crashed by the C-class. I don't know what Mercedes is thinking here, but perhaps something along these lines: "If we are to f. this one up, it better be the B-class, 'cos nobody wants it anyway" :)
    Last edited: May 1, 2014
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,913   +1,705

    Very true. B class Merc's aren't a very common sight here like their other classes.
  6. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    40 grand for this rather plain looking Benz and 100 mile range is a travesty. Augustus must be spinning in his grave.

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