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Another Mercedes-Benz EV concept to debut in Paris

Concept B-Class Electric Drive to join SLS AMG Coupé and Smart BRABUS EVs

Published: September 17, 2012, 6:15 AM

Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz's family of electric vehicles at the Paris Motor Show will include a new battery-powered electric variant of the B-Class.

Called a concept vehicle at this point, it is one of the first Mercedes-Benz models to incorporate the term "Electric Drive" into its model designation.

In future, the company says, "Electric Drive" lettering will adorn the deck lids of all battery-powered electric passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and Smart.

The Concept B-Class Electric Drive is almost ready for series production, with its market launch already planned for 2014, Mercedes says.

A so-called Energy Space in the floor, ahead of the rear axle, accommodates the concept's lithium-ion battery and ensures that it maintains the same interior space as current production models.

The low-mounted battery pack also lowers the vehicle's centre of gravity, enhancing its handling ability, the company says.

Equipped with a 100-kW electric motor, with 310 Newton-metres (229 lb-ft) of torque, the B-Class Electric Drive is said to have a range of 200 kilometres.

The battery can be charged at either a 220-240-volt power outlet or, with a rapid charging function, at a 400-volt quick-charge terminal.

The Paris auto show will also feature the world premieres of production versions of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive and the Smart BRABUS electric drive.