Mercedes-Benz debuted the B Class E-cell extended range electric concept car at last year’s Geneva Auto Show, and it looks like it will now be pushed into production for the U.S. market. The German luxury automaker has decided against the sale of the B-class in the U.S. for now, but Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes global sales boss said that a B-class outfitted with the electric drivetrain would be offered exclusively in the States.
Mercedes is adamant about increasing its compact car sales in the U.S. and will introduce four new models into the market in the coming years. One of these vehicles will be the B-class outfitted with the electric drivetrain. There are no details as to which gasoline motor will be paired with the electric system, or when the car will hit the U.S. market, but it is probably safe to assume that the motor will be an existing offering from the company, and that the date of first sale will be sometime within the next year or two.
Mercedes has set a goal of 300,000 units sold in the U.S., which they hope they can reach soon with the introduction of these new compact car offerings. In 2011, the German luxury brand sold 245,192 units in the U.S.
[Source: Automotive News]