Mercedes-Benz will be showing a B-Class Electric Drive Concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. By the name itself you can make out its an electric vehicle and one of the first to be seen with words ‘Electric Drive’ added to its name from stables of Mercedes Benz. As a matter of fact, all future electric models from Mercedes-Benz, Smart and AMG will carry the Electric Drive name.
“Similarly to the successful B-Class models with combustion engines, the battery-powered Concept B-Class Electric Drive also combines a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience with full suitability for everyday and family use,” Mercedes-Benz said in a statement. “The so-called Energy Space in the floor of the vehicle in front of the rear axle ensures that the concept vehicle offers the same generous and variable space inside as the current series production models. The Energy Space provides a safe and space-saving means of accommodating the powerful lithium-ion battery which also has a positive effect on the vehicle’s centre of gravity.”
The Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class Electric Drive is powered by a 100kW (134-hp) electric-motor that produces 310 Nm of torque. On full charge, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive can travel 200 km. The battery can be charged at any standard domestic 230 V power outlet or alternatively – with rapid charging function – at a 400 V high-voltage terminal.
Features include a so-called Energy Space in the floor of the vehicle, in front of the rear axle. While providing a safe and space-saving means of accommodating the lithium-ion battery, it also ensures that the concept offers the same generous and variable cabin space provided by the current series production models.
Mercedes-Benz’s electric car family is almost ready for series production, with the market launch already planned for 2014.