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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class runs on Tesla tech (pictures)

Mercedes-Benz is about to launch its first electric car using its B-class model. The car is the result of a collaboration with Tesla for its electric drive technology.

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The Mercedes-Benz B-class was originally launched in 2005. It is a small, five-door van suitable for five passengers and cargo.
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Mercedes-Benz used its partnership with Tesla Motors to develop an electric drivetrain for the B-class.
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Blue mirror caps adorn this show car.
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The B-class Electric Drive's front wheels are connected to a 75-kilowatt motor, giving the car 174 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque.
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The lithium ion battery pack sits under the floorboards in the middle of the car.
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Beyond the drivetrain, there is little difference structurally between the electric and gasoline versions of the B-class.
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The charging port is placed at the right rear of the car.
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This model shows a high-trim interior for the B-class.

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