Report: Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric coming to U.S. in 2014

Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-CELL

A source inside Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it will be offering an electric-version of its new B-Class in the United States in 2014. The B-Class electric will be based on a new front-wheel-drive platform with an electric-motor and components from Tesla Motors.

Daimler already sells the Smart ForTwo EV in the United States but wants to bring another electric-vehicles to the market.

The insider, who spoke with Automotive News,┬ásaid that Mercedes-Benz’s original plans to offer a B-Class plug-in hybrid in 2014 have been postponed.

“Zero-emission vehicles receive more favorable classifications and higher incentives than vehicles with a range extender,” the source said. “This is especially an issue in the U.S.”

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews