2011 Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 15 September 2011 , 06:09:51 byVeronica

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Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS is the first electric vehicle featuring Range Extender and made its world debut at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show, in Germany. The Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS adds an all-purpose battery-powered vehicle with Range Extender to Mercedes-Benz's range of electric vehicles. It hints at the future shape of the new compact car range, offering its driver at the same time unrestricted mobility as well as impressive suitability for both long journeys and everyday use due to its intelligent combination of electric drive and petrol engine. The additional three-cylinder petrol engine helps the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS have a total range of up to 600 km. The powerful electric drive generates a peak power output of 100 kW together with a continous output of 70 kW with a 50 kW petrol engine, which performs a dual role, as it charges the battery via a generator at low vehicle speeds, while at higher speeds it acts together with the electric motor via a newly developed automatic transmission. The powerful lithium-ion battery and the fuel tank are located in a false floor at the rear - the so-called "Energy Space" - which has been developed specially for alternative drives. Covering over 80 per cent of daily driving needs, the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS features a range of up to 100 km in all-electric, local emission-free mode. Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, stated that the concept showed that their new range of compact cars was all set for the future and the involvement of a battery-electric vehicle with Range Extender broadened the range of alternative drive concepts from Mercedes-Benz as the highly flexible concept met their customers' request for emission-free driving, mated to a large range. The concept ensures perfect handling in every driving situation thanks to its electronic control system in which activation and deactivation of the combustion engine are made automatically, without the driver even noticing them. Combining compact exterior dimensions with a spacious and variable interior and luggage compartment, the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS provides high standards in terms of safety and comfort.