Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class Electric Drive - 2012 Paris Auto Show
A zero-emissions take on one of its most popular Euro models, the Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class Electric Drive previews a version of the subcompact hatch that will be heading to market in 2014. It will be one of the firm's first production vehicles to incorporate "Electric Drive" nomenclature into its official designation, and will carry a badge so noting on its decklid. That same IUD will also appear on all future EV offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and smart including the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive and the smart BRABUS electric drive that also are debuting at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
Looking much like its gasoline and diesel-powered siblings, the Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class Electric Drive is fitted with a new 134 horsepower electric motor that drives the front wheels. It develops an equally stout 229 lb-ft of torque and fed by a centrally positioned lithium-ion battery pack that resides in an "energy space" in the floor just ahead of the rear axle, gives the vehicle a per-charge range of 124 miles. Battery replenishment can be done using standard 220-240V European outlets or with a dedicated 400V quick-charge unit, although Mercedes did not indicate how long the process would take with either format.