Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Concept anticipates the future B-Class electric series model, displayed at the Mercedes-Benz stand, here at 2012 Paris Motor Show, alongside the electric production version of the SLS AMG Coupe.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class received an electric version at 2012 Paris Motor Show. For now, it is in the concept stage, although its appearance suggests otherwise. The concept’s appearance is part of the “Electric Drive” philosophy and will be present on all electric models from Mercedes-Benz.
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Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Concept
The model is called Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Concept and is equipped with an electric motor of 100 hp (75 kW/101 PS) and 310 Nm (229 lb/ft). The electric unit provides a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in less than 10 seconds and can take the B-Class with zero carbon emissions up to 100 km/h (62 mph).
With fully charged batteries, the concept has a range of 200 km (125 miles). Battery charging takes place from a standard socket and a special charger can provide enough energy for 100 km in less than an hour.
Paradoxically, Mercedes-Benz also announced today an electric version of the SLS AMG Coupe. The model will be available for purchase in 2013 and has a huge price of 416,500 Euros with VAT included, available on the German market. The electric version of B-Class is expected in 2014, when BMW could launch its own electric models in the Project i range.
We hope that the glossy blue paint to reach mass production. Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Concept comes with a new battery placement solution, named “Energy Space” and it’s designed to optimize its position under the floor before the rear axle. The “sandwich” platform of the first A-Class generation, the same on the first B-Class, didn’t allow this configuration.
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