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.