Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Concept Heading to Paris

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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