Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Isn't Bieber's New Car

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Mercedes will integrate pure EVs into its compact line by 2014 and it previewed te product to come today at the Paris Motor Show in the B-Class Electric Drive.

“In developing our electric vehicles we accord top priority to customer benefits,” Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member said. “Accordingly, the Concept B-Class Electric Drive demonstrates premium-standard electric mobility for all the family. The concept vehicle offers outstanding everyday practicality and great driving enjoyment.”

Mercedes says the car will offer up to almost 125 miles of range through its battery pack, which is integrated into the floor without sacrificing any interior space in current models.

Much the same as any other EV, the B-Class Electric Drive offers loads of torque on demand — more than 228 lb-ft in this case. The car’s speed is electronically limited to about 93 mph, which is another common feature in EVs. Unlike gas-powered cars, those like the B-Class Electric Drive actually burn more energy during sustained high speeds than around-town driving.

As you would expect with a Mercedes, the interior is generously appointed with Nappa leather. Wrapping the steering wheel, seats, door panels, arm rests and dashboard, the car’s interior looks unmistakably luxurious.

While Mercedes made no mention of the show car’s laughable blue chrome wrapping, it’s hard not to look back at Justin Bieber’s regrettable Fisker Karma.

While it hasn’t exactly been unusual for automakers to offer EV-specific aesthetics, this is probably going a little bit too far.

GALLERY: Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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