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Friday, September 23, 2011

Mercedes-Benz debuts B-Class E-Cell Plus EV concept, the suburban limo revisioned



Family transportation has come a long way since it was all about piling in the back of the humble station wagon -- in particular, we're talking about the new Mercedez-Benz Concept B-Class E-Cell Plus EV that debuted today at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The plug-in series hybrid has a 136-horsepower electric motor with a 62-mile range, and a 67-horsepower, 1.0-liter three cylinder turbocharged gas engine for range-extending capabilities up to 373 miles. At low speeds, the petrol engine charges the lithium-ion batteries. When going faster, it acts on the car's front wheels, while the electric engine also chugs along -- very much like the Chevy Volt. Mercedes promises zero to 62MPH in 11 seconds and top speeds of 93MPH in both battery-only and range-extending modes. No word yet on when this dream ride will be available for family carpools, but eager June Cleavers can check out the photo gallery and full PR after the break.

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Mercedes-Benz debuts B-Class E-Cell Plus EV concept, the suburban limo revisioned originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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