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Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Car

Greg Kable gets to evaluate Mercedes-Benz's answer to the BMW i3 electric car.

Published: 25-Jan-2014

What is it?
A fully-electric version of the Mercedes-Benz B-class, and a model that’s finally reached near production-ready status having been seen as a concept car in New York early last year.

Don’t get too excited, though, because you won't be able to secure one in right-hand drive guise in the UK for at least another year. However, left-hand drive versions of the practical hatchback-cum-MPV are planned to go on sale across North America in June and in various European countries from October, where it'll provide plug-in competition to the likes of the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen Golf GTE.

Inside, it provides seating for up to five adults and a generous 485 litres of luggage capacity in an airy and practical cabin which closely mirrors that of other B-class models in both styling and quality.

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