All frequently asked questions.
All frequently asked questions.
Mercedes-Benz vehicles are known for their high resale value. This also applies to electrified vehicles. The Battery Certificate from Mercedes-Benz guarantees the performance of the HV battery in the all-electric vehicles and the plug-in hybrids. This has a positive effect on the resale value.
It is true that battery performance diminishes in low temperatures. It is also true, however, that adopting an anticipatory driving style, making use of recuperation energy and using the auxiliary consumers sensibly can increase the range even in winter.
Anyone purchasing an electric car can expect significantly lower workshop costs for the vehicle than the owner of a petrol or diesel vehicle. And depending on the electricity tariff, the lower "refuelling costs" should not be ignored when it comes to the decision to buy. In many countries the owner will also benefit from subsidies and tax incentives or exemption from access restrictions and congestion charges.
In the "LiBRi" (Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Initiative) research project, Mercedes-Benz has joined forces with suppliers and disposal partners to develop innovative recycling concepts which allow high-quality recycling of valuable components or materials. To find out more about the Environmental Certificate, go to www.mercedes-benz.com and search for "life cycle".
Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles feature heating and cooling systems for the HV battery. This means that they are able to perform in a very wide range of temperatures. When outside temperatures are very high or very low, this can impair performance, depending on the charge level of the HV battery.
One of the next steps on the way to the perfect electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid is inductive charging of the battery, which will revolutionise charging comfort from 2017. Mercedes-Benz is currently trialling this "unplugged" future technology with the S 500 eS-Class 500 e long-wheelbase version: power consumption in combined test cycle: from 15.5 kWh/100 km; combined fuel consumption: 2.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 65 g/km. The fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given were obtained in accordance with the prescribed measuring method (§ 2 Nos. 5, 6, 6a Pkw-EnVKV as amended). The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for purposes of comparison between different vehicle models. Figures will vary depending on the wheels/tyres. Under real driving conditions, there may be deviations from the certified standard values. The actual values are influenced by numerous individual factors, e.g. the driver's driving style, environmental conditions and the conditions of the route..
The B flexible Package for the electric B-Class offers the perfect solution, allowing you to use electric power for everyday journeys and use a replacement vehicle for special exceptions such as holidays.
How green the vehicle is when in use depends very much on the customer's driving behaviour and how they recharge the vehicle. Frequent charging after short journeys (<30 km) increases the overall distance that the customer actually covers with a plug-in hybrid, for example. The electricity the vehicle is charged with also plays a significant role, i.e. is it actually being charged with "green" electricity or an energy mix? As a rule, all public charging stations are supplied with green electricity, and it often only takes a few clicks for a household to find a green energy supplier.
Actually, the opposite is true for all-electric drive systems as they do not require engine oil and the drivetrain features very few moving parts. The battery is also low-maintenance – except, of course for regular charging.
The Mercedes-Benz Wallbox includes a charging cable lock, which works when the vehicle is locked. The charging cable is also locked on the vehicle side.
Mercedes-Benz applies the same high safety standards to its electric vehicles as is does to all of the brand's other vehicles. Thanks to the innovative ENERGY SPACE, the battery in the B-Class Electric Drive, to take an example, is housed in the car's underbody to protect it in the event of a crash. Our engineers have optimised and successfully tested the safety of the drive-system-related components and systems in crash tests.