Mercedes-Benz will be showing a concept version of a B-Class electric-vehicle at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The model will be one of the first models to incorporate the brand’s new ‘Electric Drive’ designation.
“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 228 lb-ft of torque. On full charge, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive can travel 124 miles.
Mercedes-Benz’s electric car family is almost ready for series production, with the market launch already planned for 2014.
– By: Omar Rana