|2013 Mercedes B-class 5 door|
Mercedes-Benz will finally market a electric version of its updated sub-compact B-Class hatchback in the United States by 2014. Mercedes had previously announced it was co-developing an electric version of its new-generation B-Class 5-door hatchback with assistance from Tesla, but made no press comments on USA sales plans.
“Zero-emission vehicles receive more favorable classifications and higher incentives than vehicles with a range extender,” a Mercedes spokesperson said. “This is especially an issue in the U.S.”
The electrically-powered B-Class will arrive in U.S. showrooms sometime in model year 2014. Mercedes was also planning a range-extending plug-in hybrid version of the B-Class to launch around the same time, but Mercedes has shelved that program for the time being. Electric car builder Tesla was reportedly to supply Mercedes with electric motors, batteries and other components for the plug-in B-Class, as Mercedes owns about 5 percent of Tesla.
[Edited 2012-07-02 17:44:14]