In 2014 Mercedes should launch an electric version of the B-Class. The EV will be based on the same MFA platform as the current A-Class and B-Class, requiring some minor adjustments due to the positioning of the batteries and electric motor. As the Mercedes B-Class F-Cell, the car should keep the front-wheel drive.
The new B-Class EV may also share the electric powertrain with the Tesla, the North American manufacturer of electric components, that struck a deal with Daimler a few years ago. There are also rumours about the production version of the B-Class E-Cell Plus being delayed because in North America, site of the initial marketing, zero-emission vehicles receives higher incentive than the ones with a range extender.
Mercedes have plans to market four vehicles in the United States within 2014, based on the MFA platform: the B-Class EV, the A-Class, the CLA Style Coupe and a Crossover.