Mercedes To Give Production Run of 500 to A-Class E-CELL EV
In brief: Mercedes-Benz has introduced the A-Class E-CELL battery electric car and announced a limited production run of 500 units starting later this year.
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Make/Model: A-Class E-CELL
The battery electric five-seat car has a range of more than 124 miles per charge and is targeted as a family electric vehicle and will be the second series production car from Mercedes after the F-CELL hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
A total of 500 E-CELL units will be built starting this fall at the Rastatt production facility with marketing expected in several European countries, including Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
Part of the CELL strategy that Mercedes-Benz (and parent Daimler) have been pursuing with their electrified vehicles is the idea of modular design. The E-CELL modular system has many shared components with the F-CELL and even some with the hybrid vehicles. Another E-CELL recently introduced is the Daimler-owned Fuso Canter E-CELL commercial truck, whose battery packs are made up of combined packs also being used in the A-Class CELLs like the E and F.
The A-Class E-CELL has a 50kW (68hp) motor with a high maximum torque of 290Nm (214lb-ft), giving the car a 0-37mph of 5.5 seconds. Maximum speed for the car is 93mph.
Twin lithium-ion battery packs total 35kWh and include a thermomanagement system based on a low-temperature cooling circuit and liquid cooling. Charging options include 230V standard European plus fast-charging through charging units designed for the purpose. Full charge requires about 8 hours at standard circuit.
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The car uses SmartCharge Communication, a collaborative effort that Mercedes has been designing with other European carmakers and utilities.
Photo credits: Mercedes-Benz
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