A new addition to Mercedes-Benz’s family of electric vehicles. At the Paris Motor Show, the company is presenting a battery-powered electric variant of the B-Class. This concept vehicle is one of the first models to incorporate the term “Electric Drive” into its model designation. In future, “Electric Drive” lettering will adorn the boot lids of all battery-powered electric passenger cars, and from the production version, the SLS AMG Electric Drive and the Smart Brabus Electric Drive will also be presented in Paris later this month.
This new 2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Concept is developed in partnership with Tesla Motors, the near to production ready MPV(multi-purpose vehicle) warns the B-Class Electric Drive to be sold in selected markets from early 2014 as part of broader zero emission model offensive to be launched by Mercedes-Benz in Paris.
Power for the Concept B-Class Electric Drive is provided from an electric motor that produces 100kW and 310Nm of torque. These figures fall short of the petrol-powered B200’s 115kW output, but astonishment is in its 250Nm of torque.
On a full charge, the batteries provide an overall range of up to 200km, according to Mercedes-Benz. They are charged both via plugging the car in and regenerative braking, which captures energy normally lost in the braking system.
Electrical energy for the B-Class Electric Drive’s motor is provided via a lithium ion battery pack of as yet unspecified capacity mounted low down in the floor of the front-wheel drive.
In the B-Class, Mercedes-Benz has at its disposal an extremely versatile car which is suitable for the most diverse types of drive, from combustion engines through battery-powered drives to the fuel cell. Thanks to Energy Space, the B-Class is the ultimate all-rounder and the Mercedes trailblazer for alternative drives in the compact premium automobile segment. The particularly family-friendly electric car from Mercedes-Benz is almost ready for series production, with the market launch already planned for 2014.
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