• A-Class E-CELL ( W169 ) 2010
  • A-Klasse E-CELL ( W169 ) 2010
  • A-Klasse E-CELL ( W169 ) 2010
  • A-Klasse E-CELL ( W169 ) 2010
  • A-Klasse E-CELL ( W169 ) 2010
  • A-Klasse E-CELL ( W169 ) 2010
  • A-Klasse E-CELL ( W169 ) 2010
  • A-Klasse E-CELL ( W169 ) 2010
Reports of Mercedes-Benz and Tesla building an electric A-Class together are nothing new. In fact, a fleet of 500 A-Class-based E-Cells was built for Europe. Most recently, a Tesla earnings report revealed that Tesla was still working on an all-electric powertrain for an unnamed EV for Daimler, the evolution of a deal that began when Daimler invested in the Silicon Valley automaker in 2009. The two automakers also worked together on the Smart ED.

So, what's this then in a Dutch website? A report on Groen7 says that "a source at Tesla" has revealed that the previously unnamed EV Tesla is busy with (among other things) is an updated, electric version of the new A-Class, one that will perhaps arrive in 2013. We had previously guessed the secret Tesla-Daimler deal would result in an all-electric B-Class, but being wrong there won't stop us from trying to predict the future again: the hints are present that this next A-Class EV will remain a small-scale project. We hope we're proved wrong.


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      Spec
      • 6 Months Ago
      Any time I see "with Tesla's help", I just assume it will be another compliance car like the Smart ED and the RAV4. :-( Perhaps Tesla is being wise and not creating any real competition for its own EVs.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 6 Months Ago
      meh, none of it will matter. they'll only make a few half assed cars that are expensive and tesla will go banktrupt anyway : )
      winc06
      • 6 Months Ago
      Will they get it this time? Probably not. Remember the other MB small car, the SMART car? Transmission is still bad after what, 14 years, and sales in the tank?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 6 Months Ago
      I guess Mercedes can make ugly cars too.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 6 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        That's the last-gen car pictured; the new A-Class is much lower, and sleeker, with a more pronounced two-box shape. http://www.autotrader.co.uk/articles/2012/03/cars/mercedes-benz/a-class/mercedes-a-class-re-invented-for-2012
          DaveMart
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          The latest model also looks unable to take underfloor batteries, or CF tanks for fuel cells for that matter. Nice one, Mercedes.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          They are doing away with the sandwich-floor construction. The B-Class will be (actually already is) the model that gets the FCV driveline, while the smaller A-Class gets the BEV treatment. It appears that it will be the current-gen (2011) A-Class that will be the BEV - not the 2012 generation.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          heyyy... that looks like a Mazda hatchback meets a Volvo front end.. they don't seem to put the same distinctiveness into their smaller cars, eh? Better looking, for sure, tho. As for the battery / fuel cell comment, that makes sense.
      Maddoxx
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why would they team with Tesla , Mercedes is joint with Infiniti / Nissan, It makes better sense to use Nissan technology from the joint venture. Also the Infiniti entry level car could be sharing platform with this A car.
      Ryan
      • 6 Months Ago
      It doesn't look like a bad car.