Coming to America: Electric B-Class with 85-Mile Range

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Launches in the US ahead of Europe, starting at $42,375 (minus awesome tax credits).

In a surprising move, Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it will bring its B-Class Electric Drive crossover to the US, even launching it here ahead of Europe. Starting at $42,375 before various possible tax credit reductions, the B-Class will offer an electric range of up to 85-miles. With a 2-hour charge on standard 240-volt sockets, Mercedes says the front-wheel drive crossover can provide a 60-mile range and accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds.

The B-Class Electric Drive utilizes Tesla's drive system and churns out 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Despite the joint underpinnings, it will not be compatible with Tesla's Supercharger stations. With underfloor storage for the car's batteries, the Electric Drive offers all the practicality of the conventionally-powered B-Class. The question remains: will Americans really show Europe that this is the land of EV Mercs when it hits our shores this summer?

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