05 May '14, 11am

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

And here's where it gets even more interesting: That battery pack, officially 28 kWh, and the 132-kW electric motor system (controller included) are supplied by (and were co-developed by) Tesla Motors (they're built in a designated area of Tesla's Fremont, California, factory, of the same familiar Panasonic cells). Those components are shipped to Daimler's assembly plant in Rastatt, Germany, where B-Class models are assembled; and the Electric Drive models are assembled there alongside their gasoline and diesel counterparts for the European market (for the 'body in white,' only a few welds are different, with just five body-structure pieces slightly different). Calling it a Tesla Model B might be a bit much...nevertheless it's an interesting pedigree.

Full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1091871_2014-mercedes...

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