Long Beach Mayor Burns Rubber In Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive – Video

JUL 7 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Time To Burn Rubber

Time To Burn Rubber

“Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster takes the new #Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric drive car for a spin.”

What the video description forgets to state is that Foster manage to break the tires loose, even if just for a split second.  But still, it’s always exciting to see someone hotdogging an electric vehicle, isn’t it?

We found Foster’s background to be rather interesting in that his past had strong ties to clean-energy, so we thought we’d share his bio with you:

Mayor Bob Foster is a widely-respected business and community leader who was elected as the 27th mayor of Long Beach in June, 2006. He was re-elected for a second term in June 2010.

Mayor Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company. As an Edison executive, Mayor Foster led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis. During Mayor Foster’s tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.

Mayor Foster began his career in public service as a staffer in the California State Senate and California Energy Commission where he established statewide energy efficiency standards that are still enforced today.

He was appointed as the Environmental Committee chair in 2008, elected to the Advisory Board in 2009 and elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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11 Comments on "Long Beach Mayor Burns Rubber In Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive – Video"

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kdawg

I like how he was searching for the “gear shifter”.

Aaron

I did the same thing on my i3 test drive. Interestingly, though, not for the Tesla test drive.

According to the BMW person riding along, many people reach for the gear shift. A little muscle memory we need to eliminate.

Hatch

Actually, I don’t think MB has had gear shifters for awhile. They’ve been using the steering wheel mounted lever with up, down, push in actions to handle gear selection.

pjwood

Those aren’t the single-wheel option on the ‘build’ site, thankfully.

Since the Volt delivers 38/10.5, or 3.6 miles per usable kwh, why should we be surprised if the first 77% of the MB delivers over 90 miles, on its awaited EPA sticker (28* ‘X???’)?

There could be one more surprise.

MDEV

Are the rear mirrors blue?

Boyd

I hope there is an option to remove the blue. It’s kinda gross.

Seth

I hope they have an option to remove the body, it’s kinda gross 😉

Aaron

I hope they have the option to remove the fat, ugly guy in the driver’s seat. 😉

MDEV

+1

leafer

We must put an end to the stupid trim on ev’s

stupid blue mirrors and no I wont buy a car with ED on the side no matter what it means

sven

“But still, it’s always exciting to see someone hotdogging and [sic] electric vehicle, isn’t it?”

Really? The family of the deceased in this past weekend’s deadly Tesla/Corolla crash would beg to differ. Too soon. . .