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 |  Sep 18 2012, 10:44 AM

Mercedes-Benz has been developing a B-Class electric vehicle for quite some time now, and it will make its official debut at the upcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show.

Gone will be the E-Cell name, as the German automaker will be referring to all its electric vehicles as ‘Electric Drive.’ Heading to Paris in concept form, the B-Class Electric Drive boasts the same interior space as the standard production model according to the luxury automaker. By utilizing what Mercedes calls ‘Electric Space’, the lithium-ion battery is actually placed in the floor in front of the rear axle, allowing the B-Class to maximize interior space.

Powered by a 100-kW electric motor boasting 229 lb-ft of torque, the overall range is estimated to be 124 miles with two charging options available – at least in Europe. Undoubtedly it will feature an electric motor and battery pack developed jointly with Tesla.

A production model is expected to go on sale before the end of 2014, and there’s a chance that it will make its way to the American market. Joining the B-Class Electric Drive will be the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive and the Smart Brabus Electric Drive models.