NEW YORK – As Mercedes-Benz prepares to launch its B-Class electric vehicle later this year, the automaker is confident the car will avoid the fires caused by lithium-ion batteries that beset Tesla S models throughout 2013. Steve Cannon, president of MBUSA, tells WardsAuto that even though the B-Class uses the same EV powertrain as the Tesla S, Mercedes’s original engineering design will preclude battery-fire problems. The B-Class EV’s battery pack is located underneath the ...

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