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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive takes to the road (pictures)

Mercedes-Benz gave CNET an early drive in its upcoming B-Class Electric Drive, a new electric vehicle from the German automaker due to hit showrooms this summer.

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Mercedes-Benz fits an electric drivetrain, sourced from Tesla, into its B-Class, a model not previously sold in the US.

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The B-Class is designed for five occupants and luggage.

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The B-Class' design looks frumpy, but it is practical.

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The 28 kilowatt-hour battery pack is fitted in the base of the chassis, between the front and rear axles.

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A J1772 charging port sits on the right rear fender.

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Luggage space is not compromised by the battery pack.

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These comfortable, power-adjustable seats come standard.

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The rear bench offers room for three, and includes a pass-through.

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These plastic trays are a nice convenience.

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Fake wood trim actually looks good, but feels plasticky.

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The electric power steering is well-weighted and responsive.

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The standard Mercedes-Benz drive selector sits on the column, and the driver can use paddles to change the regeneration level.

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The instrument panel includes multiple driver information screens, such as this efficient driving score.

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Mercedes-Benz's latest cabin tech includes connected features, such as integrated apps.

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