Paris Show 2012 Highlights: Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Concept

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a new plug-in electric version of the second-generation B-class at the Paris motor show.

Developed in partnership with Tesla, the near-to-production-ready MPV presages the B-class Electric Drive to be sold in selected markets from early 2014. This is part of broad based zero emission model offensive launched by Mercedes-Benz at Paris, including the SLS Electric Drive.

At the heart of the new car, which will likely be offered on an extended monthly lease scheme similar to that of the Smart Electric Drive, is an electric motor mounted in the space usually dedicated to the B-class’s various four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The brushless unit produces 134bhp and 228lb ft torque.

Electrical energy for the motor is provided via a lithium ion battery pack of as yet unspecified capacity mounted low down in the floor of the front-wheel drive B-class’s platform ahead of the rear axle – a set-up the German car maker is calling Energy Space.

On a full charge, the batteries provide an overall range of 200km, according to Mercedes-Benz. They are charged both via plug-in means and via recuperative means whilst on the run.

Planned to debut alongside the B-class Electric Drive during the Paris motor show is the Smart Brabus Electric Drive.

Thanks to: Autocar


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