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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Making its world debut in New York, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is an electric version of the B-Class small car that is popular overseas. On sale in the United States in early 2014, the B-Class Electric Drive is powered by an electric motor that has the acceleration capability equivalent to a 3-liter gasoline engine, with a driving range of about 115 miles.

The B-Class Electric Drive can be recharged with any standard household outlet, though a 240-volt outlet will provide a faster charging time -- about two hours to charge for a range of 60 miles. Safety features include Mercedes-Benz's collision prevention assist with adaptive brake assist, which visually and audibly warns the driver of an impending collision and can apply the brakes if necessary to reduce the impact in a rear-end collision.

Other standard features include a color information screen, an audio system with CD, USB and MP3 capability and a power display that provides instant feedback on the electric drivetrain, including how much power is being used and when power is being regained through regenerative braking.

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