Looks like another Tesla Motors investor will be looking to cash in on their connection. Autoweek reports Mercedes-Benz will offer their B-Class in the U.S. with Tesla propulsion.

The magazine says their source at the German automaker confirms plans for a B-Class electric-only vehicle. While Tesla already provides battery packs for the battery-powered Smart ForTwo, the B-Class EV will reportedly have Tesla batteries, motor and other components. U.S. residents should be able to procure one sometime in 2014.

The same Mercedes source says plans for a hybrid B-Class have been postponed for now. Adding a range-extending, gasoline-powered engine to an electric vehicle would put the car into a different class for which rebates and incentives aren't as favorable in the States.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler owns a 4.7-percent share of Tesla. Toyota also owns part of the electric-car company with which it builds electric RAV4 crossovers.


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      moredanyou
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here is what Tesla should stick to. Powering other people's cars. Not that the Model S is bad, but I feel they would do better powering other people's cars.
        John Griswell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @moredanyou
        Why not do both (hint, they are)? When no one is willing to make a proper EV from the ground up that can compete toe to toe with existing sport sedans then the only option left is to do it yourself, and they did.
          Doug
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Griswell
          What promises can't they keep. The Model S has started production. Given how far they've come in the past couple years, I expect great things "by the end of the decade(?!)".
          carguy1701
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Griswell
          Because they make promises they can't keep, that's why. They'll be gone by the end of the decade.
          Alexi
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Griswell
          I think doing both is a smart move. It allows Tesla to market their technology in a variety of applications, while still keeping their brand premium. This way Tesla can bring their tech to the masses (Rav-4 and future applications) while still having their own branded cars sell at the premium price points. Bright decade indeed...
          AnOutsider
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Griswell
          Precisely.
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      Aaron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did Mercedes hire a Hyundai designer. What's up with those random ugly body creases along the sides. Awful!
      gottabgreen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love all the new techno when it come to alternative powered automobiles. It's about time, hope it catches on better than it has over the last 10 years...