Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Mercedes B-Class E-Cell Plus

Mercedes Benz is rolling out details of its new vehicle called the B-Class E-Cell Plus at the international automobile show in Germany we’ve been marking the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011 for all of our readers to easily access all the announcements from the prestigious convention.

A plug-in hybrid equipped with a 70 kilowatt continuous electric motor and a 3 cylinder turbocharged, 50 kilowatt gasoline engine, the E-Cell has an all-electric range of just over 60 miles, which the company says should be enough for 80% of daily driving needs, and a total range of over 370 miles.

Mercedes B-Class E-Cell, Mercedes Benz, Plug-In Hybrids

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When running at speeds lower than 37 miles per hour, the E-Cell’s gasoline engine acts as a generator for the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery, but at speeds over that mark, the gasoline engine also acts as a tandem front axel drive.

The five seat vehicle has a top speed of approximately 93 miles per hour, and according to Mercedes is set for production as early as 2014. By that time, however, we expect more details, and perhaps even a few minor changes, will be announced.

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