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2014 MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS ELECTRIC DRIVE A silent, eco-friendly ride

Bakersfield Life assistant editor Rachel Cook drives the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.

By Rachel Cook

Photos by Mark Nessia

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he Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is a stealthy car, so silent that you don’t even notice it’s on. Until you make the wheels chirp. I personally don’t know anything about making the wheels on this one sing because I was too timid to floor it when Campbell Cameron, Mercedes-Benz sales consultant, urged me to give the B-Class some charge on a quiet street. I managed to get the car to 70 mph eventually. Much to 48

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my surprise, this Benz smoothly and quickly accelerated with none of the laborious revving I’ve heard from hybrids. Over three days of driving, I was pleasantly surprised that driving the B-Class wasn’t noticeably different (except for the silence) from a gas-powered car. Yes, the B-Class requires zero gas to get it going, and yes, you charge it simply by plugging it in. But electric magic aside, at heart the B-Class is a Mercedes-Benz through and through — stylish and powerful. As Cameron said, “you get all the features of a Mercedes-

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