The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive car will go on sale in the U.S. in 2014, though price details have not been officially announced. At the New York International Auto Show, the EV made its debut on Wednesday, setting the stage for a competitive luxury EV market. Though Mercedes-Benz manufactures a combustion version of the B-Class in Canada and Europe, U.S. consumers will only see the electric model. The company has apparently decided to approach European and U.S. markets quite differently. No decision has been made as to whether the B-Class EV will be a lease-only car or be offered for sale outright.
See the short video above for a quick rundown of the new Mercedes-Benz electric car. Developed jointly with Tesla Motors, the car in fact carries a Tesla battery, charger, and motor. M-B says that the car will only be sold in a few U.S. states at first, but then the German carmaker hopes to ramp up production and geographic availability.
General Motors’ Volt and its Cadillac ELR are widely thought to be the closest competitors for the new Mercedes-Benz EV. With a pricing range between $40,000 and $60,000, GM’s offerings in the EV niche should be able to compete with the B-Class. While the German automaker’s car is a battery-electric vehicle, many consumers will no doubt comparison-shop based upon range, price, amenities and horsepower. The B-Class Electric Drive will be the first battery electric offering from the German auto giant.
The Mercedes-Benz EV on show in New York this week is a sleek looking, 134-horsepower vehicle that can reach 60 mph in about 10 seconds and tops out at an even 100 mph. The car’s lithium battery and 100 kW motor offer a range of nearly 115 miles.
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