Make Way for the Tesla-Powered B-Class Electric Drive from MB
For as small and insignificant as some other luxury and green car brands might want us to think Tesla is, the name keeps popping up all over the news, and even when it’s about Tesla’s losses in the courtroom, most of the American public seems to side with Tesla. Hell, even a naked man dancing in a Tesla’s sunroof can’t keep us from wanting more Tesla (although I may want to remove my contacts before looking at one next time, just to be safe).
Mercedes-Benz elitists might be shocked then to discover that the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive is using Tesla’s drive system. The Tesla-powered B-Class Electric Drive will arrive here in the States this summer, delivering an EPA-estimated 85 mile range. I find it strange, though, that Mercedes-Benz has no qualms with using Tesla’s drive system when the president and CEO of MB USA, Steve Cannon, slammed the up-and-coming, untraditional brand in a recent interview with Forbes.
“Folks are buying a Tesla now because they’re kind of cool, but if you’re a Tesla buyer, you have to have multiple cars. With Mercedes, you have a whole network. You’ve got no worries.” (Although, given the recent Mercedes-Benz recall, I’d argue that I might have a few.)
Cannon went on, “Tesla is great, but you’ve got plenty of well-established brands that mean luxury, like Porsche or Mercedes-Benz, and how long do you think we’re going to wait and let Tesla be out there alone [selling premium electric cars]? So, good job, Tesla, but will they be able to maintain that with the others of us out in the market? That remains to be seen.”
He added that “the potential of fully electric vehicles for the rest of my life and a good portion of the rest of your life will be limited.” So the man has no faith in Tesla and no faith in the current state of EVs, but he still wants you to dig into your pockets and buy his Tesla-powered EV. Makes perfect sense.
Regardless of Cannon’s statements, a Tesla-powered B-Class Electric Drive is actually exciting for those of us who do like Tesla (or Mercedes-Benz) and do have at least some sort of hope for the future of electric vehicles. Here’s what we know about the B-Class Electric Drive so far:
- Capable of 177 horsepower
- Maximum torque of 251 lb-ft
- 0 – 60 sprint in 7.9 seconds
- Max speed of 100 mph (electronically limited)
- EPA-estimated 85 mile range
- Less than 2 hours charge time at 240V (for 60 mile range)
GALLERY: Tesla-Power B-Class Electric Drive Exterior
While the Tesla-powered B-Class Electric Drive does present some compelling arguments, I’d still rather shell my money out on the real deal and go with a Tesla…you know, if I had any money to shell out anyway. Of course, I definitely recommend giving the electric B-Class a test drive if you are in the market for a luxury EV. Just whatever you do, don’t do any strange interpretive dancing out of any windows, and for the love of God, please keep on your pants.
GALLERY: Tesla-Power B-Class Electric Drive Interior
You can check out a video of the Tesla-powered B-Class Electric Drive below, but just be prepared for 6 and a half minutes of inexplicable silence before the sound kicks in. Oh, Mercedes…
- Timothy MooreManaging Editor
Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.