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The Big Decision; Should I go Mercedes-Benz Electric?

With motorists becoming more environmentally friendly with each passing year, there has been a huge movement in the electric automotive sector. Whilst electric vehicles (EVs) were previously considered to be slow and time consuming to re-charge, manufacturers have taken huge leaps in the last few years, particularly with Mercedes-Benz models. In this article, Inchcape Mercedes-Benz explain how EVs work, take a close look at some of the best EVs in the market and consider the advantages of investing in an EV, giving you all the information you need before making the big decision to go electric.

How do electric cars work?

Electric cars generally run on batteries and are powered by electricity, rather than petrol or diesel. These batteries need to be charged at dedicated recharge points or using home chargers. The functionality involves a motor, which is powered by a controller, which in turn is run by a battery. EVs have really moved into the modern age with cars that can now travel over 100 miles without the need to recharge, as well as reach speeds that people would have never thought possible just a few short years ago.

What models should I be looking at?

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Launched this year, the B-Class Electric Drive is highly powerful, impressive and fully electric. The sleek design has the air of luxury that is expected with Mercedes-Benz models and the cabin is both comfortable and stylish. With full-throttle acceleration that builds swiftly, you won’t be lagging behind in this car. Boasting a 7.9 second 0-60 mph time, the car is about two seconds faster than the Nissan Leaf and is even competitive when compared with similar fuel-powered compact cars. Concerned about battery life? A 400V charger will juice up the battery in an hour and a half and will last for roughly 115 miles before it needs re-charging. Overall, the electric B-Class is smooth, quiet and comfortable to drive and you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re doing your bit for the environment.

Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive

If you’re looking for something truly spectacular, look no further than the Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive, the fastest EV in the world. Producing zero local CO2 emissions, it has a range of about 155 miles thanks to its 12 battery modules, two gearboxes and four motors. Well balanced and powerful, the electric hypercar will leave other EVs in the dust with its superb pace and excellent grip. Mercedes-Benz claim the car can hit 62mph in just 3.9 seconds and there’s roughly a three-hour re-charge time with a 400V charger.

Mercedes-Benz Hybrids

With models such as the C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, the S 400 Hybrid and the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz have made their mark in the automotive industry, producing cars that truly give the best of both worlds. In order to achieve a staggering level of efficiency and performance, Mercedes-Benz Hybrids combine the advantages of electric power with a combustible engine. By doing this, they have created vehicles that are not only environmentally friendly, but can also achieve spectacular speeds. Furthermore, the horsepower and torque figures mean that you’ll spend less time waiting for the motor to rev up, as Mercedes-Benz Hybrids deliver their maximum torque rating pretty much instantaneously. Who can complain with a car like that?

What are the advantages of driving an EV?

Despite the small degree of uncertainty surrounding electric vehicles, there are a number of reasons why EVs are well worth the investment. You could make huge savings on fuel and maintenance costs (the parts in EVs generally don’t move around, so there’s less wear and tear!) Furthermore, they’re cheaper to tax and much more environmentally friendly; EVs don’t have a tailpipe, meaning cleaner air for you, your friends and your family. Additionally, you could even make savings on congestion charges in London by applying for the Ultra-Low Emission Discount Scheme.

Get in touch with an Official Mercedes-Benz Dealer

For more information about electric vehicles or to find out about the amazing deals Inchcape Mercedes-Benz has to offer, get in touch today. With multiple locations in England, we’re easily accessible from all areas in the country. Come visit us in Chester, Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Liverpool, Loughborough, North Wales, Nottingham, Oxford, Southport, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warrington. At Inchcape Mercedes-Benz, we work hard to put our customers first and you can rest assured that with us, you’ll always be taking home the best deal.