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First ride: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will beat Nissan Leaf in range, boasts Tesla-built battery

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B=Class Electric Drive shares the platform of the CLA-Class and A-Class models, swapping out the gas for electric power by way of a battery built by Tesla Motors. Hitting the market in the United States in June 2014, the B-Class Electric Drive is quiet, speedy, and has more range than competitors like the Nissan Leaf.
By Jeffrey Jablansky / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 4:00 AM

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class features a battery built by Tesla that offers up to 115 miles of estimated range on a single charge.
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class features a battery built by Tesla that offers up to 115 miles of estimated range on a single charge.
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Mercedes-Benz may have chosen to fly journalists to Germany for an exclusive preview of its 2014 B-Class Electric Drive, but the mood in Stuttgart was focused almost entirely on the United States.

That was no accident, as the U.S. will be the initial launch market for the B-class Electric Drive, which debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, and was refined to fit the tastes and lifestyles of American EV drivers. The B-Class is a five-passenger, multipurpose vehicle that rides on a shared platform with the CLA-Class sedan and the A-Class hatchback, and is already on sale in some markets with an internal combustion engine.

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