‘Energy Space’ for Both Battery and CNG Cars
Mercedes-Benz is promoting the “Energy Space” bodyshell concept it’s applied to both the battery pack of its B-Class Electric Drive and the compressed natural gas fuel system of its B 200 Natural Gas Drive cars – part of “a thorough facelift” of the 2014 model year vehicles.
The underbody houses either the lithium ion battery for the battery car or one large and two smaller CNG tanks and a 14-liter gasoline (3.7-gallon) tank for the B 200 Natural Gas Drive.
“Due to this intelligent packaging method, the five-seater model has been able to retain the generously proportioned luggage compartment for which it is known,” the company says.
EV for the U.S., Yes, But No NGV
The B-Class Electric Drive has a single-charge range of about 120 miles (200 kilometers) and is to go on sale November 3, with deliveries starting before the end of the year, according to a European release. It is being offered in the U.S. starting at $33,950.
The Mercedes B 200 Natural Gas Drive offers European drivers “fuel costs which are some 50% below those of a comparable petrol-powered car,” the manufacturer says. Orders have been taken since last month and “the car will be making its way to dealers from 29 November onwards.” The CNG car remains unavailable in the U.S.
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Source: Mercedes-Benz Europe with Fleets & Fuels follow-up