21 Jul '14, 8pm

Official: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive gets official US launch

Mercedes tell us that the S-type PHEV will initially have a range of only 30km on the NEDC cycle. That is understandable with the weight of the car, but: 'Oddly, the car will need to increase its electric range to 50km within two years so that it can meet China’s minimum range rules for plug-in hybrids. Dr Uwe Keller, Mercedes-Benz’s technical project manager for powertrain hybrids explained that the Magna Steyr-built battery pack had room for developments, which were coming thick and fast. “We don’t just want an electric car, but the best real hybrid. Its role is to deliver a car that is everything, not just an electric car. “We will have to fit a larger battery for the Chinese market in two years, approximately, because of their laws so we will look at larger capacity in the same power packet and space,” he explained. http://www.motoring.com.au/news/prestige-and-luxury/m...

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