Mercedes B-Class Range Extended Electric Car Coming to America

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

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]

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Ginny Butler Ginny Butler on Mar 17, 2012

    Looking for all electric Mercedes in USA. Long time Mercedes owner and want to purchase an electric car. Looking at the Tessla but would prefer Mercedes

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