Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
July 2, 2012
Automotive News reports that Mercedes-Benz is shelving a B-Class hybrid for the U.S., and is planning an electric version of it.
"We want to bring another battery-powered vehicle to the market," a source at Daimler AG said.
The electric B-Class will use the same platform as the new B-Class and have its electric powertrain provided by by Tesla Motors. Daimler AG currently owns owns a 4.7 percent stake in Tesla.
As for the hybrid being shelved, the source said; "Zero-emission vehicles receive more favorable classifications and higher incentives than vehicles with a range extender. This is especially an issue in the U.S."
Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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