The latest car to feature Mercedes Benz’ advanced E-Cell electric powertrain is the A-Class.
As a five-door five-seater hatchback, the A-Class is a very fine city car, versatile and practical, so it is a good candidate to receive the treatment as it spends most of its time in cities and is used for family use.
This E-Cell is nothing like the big one they put in the SLS E-Cell! It only generates 95 bhp and 250 Nm of torque, but that’s enough for its type and provides 125 miles of trouble and emission-free driving with every charge.
During the fist phase a total production run of 500 A-Class E-CELL cars will be built at Rastatt from autumn 2010. The vehicles will be leased to selected customers in several European countries, including Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Mercedes A-Class E-Cell Specs:
|Drive system||Electric drive, lithium-ion battery|
|Continuous power rating (hp)||68|
|Peak power (boost) (hp)||95|
|Rated torque (Nm)||290|
|Maximum speed (mph)||93|
|Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (s)||14|
|Acceleration from 0 to 37 mph (s)||5,5|
|Charging time for 100 km range (NEDC)||8 h from domestic mains socket (230 V)3 h from wall-box / public charging point (400 V)|
|Range (miles) NEDC||>124|
|Energy capacity of lithium-ion battery system (kWh)||36|
*) As per EG directive, including driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg)
|Luggage compartment volume (l)||435 – 1.370|