• B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011

  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
  • B-Klasse E-Cell (W 246) 2011
Mercedes-Benz plans on selling the B-Class extended-range plug-in vehicle that it premiered last September at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in the U.S., Automotive News reports, citing an interview with Joachim Schmidt, head of the German automaker's sales and marketing division. A production version of the car will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, PlugInCars reported separately.

The car, known as the B-Class E-Cell, is one of a handful of smaller models Mercedes-Benz will introduce to the U.S. during the next few years as it attempts to boost its domestic fleetwide fuel economy. Schmidt didn't say when the extended-range vehicle would debut in the U.S.

Mercedes-Benz showed off a version of the B-Class E-Cell at Frankfurt last year that included an electric motor and battery that could drive the car as far as 62 miles on electric power alone, and a three-cylinder 1.0-liter gas engine that acts as an on-board generator and an additional power source at higher speeds. The company said the car's powertrain supplied 136 horsepower and gave the car a top speed of 93 miles per hour and a total range of 373 miles.

In addition to the B-Class E-Cell, Mercedes-Benz plans on debuting an A-Class hatchback and a compact SUV in the U.S. by next year, Automobile News said, citing Schmidt. Mercedes-Benz also makes a hydrogen fuel-cell electric version of the B-Class, which has been available for lease in limited numbers in Southern California and is slated for a 2014 model year debut.


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      JP
      • 3 Years Ago
      How do you extend the range of a hybrid? Exactly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JP
        any vehicle you plug in is good. It can run on local diverse fuel used by your utiltiy or if you have Solar, Wind ,hydro you can be even cleaner. Electric is about 1/4 th the cost of OIL/gasoline/petrol with much less pollution.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      "additional power source at higher speeds". This isn't an ER-EV, it's a regular PHEV. An ER-EV runs at all speeds on electricity until it runs out of electricity.
        JP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        There is no such thing as an EREV. It's just another flavor of PHEV, which means it's a PHEV.
        uncle_sam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Who cares. It will operate in EV mode for most Trips. It is ok for me that it will operate in blended mnode if you floor it. this also extends the battery range. It still would be a revolution If Mercedes would really SELL those vehicles. Not some kind of expensive leasing, but If those cars would be in the showrooms, and among taxi business, but I fear it will never be made in large noumbers
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        A RE can potentially be an "additional power source at higher speeds" by providing energy in two different ways. 1. It can generate extra electricity which is then fed to the motors in addition to electricity from the battery. 2. It can provide mechanical power via a linkage to the driven wheels. The article isn't explicit, but it would seem that the RE in the B-Class+ is used as a generator to provide extra electricity. Also, your definition of ER-EV seems to be in conflict with the GM Volt definition, considering how the Volt does make use of a mechanical linkage and does not "runs at all speeds on electricity until it runs out of electricity". Under certain highway conditions, the Volt uses a mechanical linkage when it is more efficient than using the electricity from the battery.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      on the surface of it you might think that's only half way terrible. but I'm guessing they'll find a way to make it all the way terrible through some of the following means: 1) never happening 2) poor performance 3) high price 4) limited availability (carb states, small volume) 5) low visibility
        EJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I'd like you to be wrong, but given how the electric Smart was handled, I expect MB to roll out 400 of these in a couple states with a lease only option for $700 a month.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        So.... A :( rating....?
        throwback
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Points 3 and 4 are always the case for any MB, not necessarily the staes but limitd availability.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      The drivetrain sound a whole lot like the original Volt drivetrain concept, before they gave of the idea of a 3-cyl engine because GM didn't already have an EPA certified 3-cyl engine. It was going to kill their development time-line to EPA certify a 3-cyl, so they went with the 4 cyl they already had on the shelf. It's good to see that GM's original drive-train concept is finally headed to market.
      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Again a car that won't come to germany. EVs suck, EVs suck. They keep telling us. Press, TV, media... On German TV a EV maxes out only 62 mph and has a range of 60 miles. recharging takes 8 hours. chademo is unknown. If I tell about the Tesla Roadster or the Nissan Leaf, ppl are astonished. On TV they interview an "expert": "well, errr it is ze batteries, they are not ze ready." "and ze hybrid. no no far ze to complex, ze battery will go ze weak in ze years" "for ze today I recommend a diesel" and then the program switches over ant they show the newest diesel that need to be refueled with diesel for 8$ per gallon. (one fart form hormous and we'll have 10$) A plug-in mercedes would be a seller. but you can't buy it. It features luxury, a nice design, space, and sufficient range for EV and gas trips. but it is for the US only, oh crud.
      Steven
      • 3 Years Ago
      Price? MPG? Availability? How it drives?
      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      hey great autoblog deletes immediately my comments. the comment system is not good
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's not to like? It seems that there will be a wide variety of alternatives on offer in plug in hybrid/all electric cars, although no doubt the Merc will be pricey.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        The B-Class was designed from the start to have multiple drivetrain options. Normal ICE, PHEV, FCV - all planned as derivatives on the same platform.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Thanks, LTAW. That had completely slipped my mind. You would not think that I am only 107!
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Presumably BMW will also come out with a hybrid version of their i3 at some stage, as the i8 is an up-market sports car rather than one destined for mass production. We have not heard anything from Nissan about any plug-in hybrids either, so that could be an interesting one.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          The i3 with a RE is pretty much a given: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/11/21/bmw-i3-rex-spotted-packing-range-extender/ Likewise, BMW is also working with GM on fuel cell tech, so they also seem ready to go in whichever direction they want.
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im interrested to buy their fuelcell car in 2014. It will sale like hotcakes. Pollution levels in cities will drop right away and gasoline price will shrink and peoples will start to talk about it. We will see the advent of almost free hydrogen at the pumps with new producing methods. Some will start commercializing hydrogen electrolysers put inside the car. The future look more bright.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        You think $8 per Kg is "almost free? Really? Just keep telling yourself that $8 is nothing...
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Since the Hyundai small SUV does 72 mpge, $8 gallon equivalent is perfectly viable for a range extender on a battery car, which is what this thread is about, In any case, $8 is a high end estimate. Personally if I am trying to make a case, as you consistently try to do against fuel cells, I do not choose the data most favourable to my argument. It means that if my argument survives that, it may have merit, Try it. Its fun, but may entail throwing out some of your preconceptions.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having the word "cell" in a gas car is confusing.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        The E-Cell is not a gas car, it's battery electric. The F-Cell is a fuel cell car. . The gasoline version of the B class doesn't carry the "cell" moniker.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          E-Cell+ is what they're calling it on the side of the car. "+" would seem to indicate something extra, like a RE.
          Chris M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          So why should a plug-in hybrid be confusing? It would still have "cells", so the "cell" moniker would be correct - but will they call it an "E-Cell" or maybe "H-Cell" (hybrid) or "P-Cell" (plugin) or "EG-Cell" (electric/gas)? Maybe I should have clarified - the gasoline-only version of the B class doesn't carry the "cell" moniker.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Uh . . Mercedes-Benz showed off a version of the B-Class E-Cell at Frankfurt last year that included an electric motor and battery that could drive the car as far as 62 miles on electric power alone, and a three-cylinder 1.0-liter gas engine that acts as an on-board generator and an additional power source at higher speeds.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Read the article Chris M. It explains how the B-Class E-Cell has been shown with a hybrid drivetrain including a gasoline RE.
        carney373
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Having the word "cell" in any car (including a gasoline-only, electric-only, or plug-in hybrid) other than a fuel cell (whether it's a hydrogen fuel cell, methanol/oxygen fuel cell, etc.) is confusing.
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