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Electric Unveiling: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Heading to Paris Motor Show

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive concept will be fully revealed at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, showing off the automaker’s new electric-vehicle model designation: “Electric Drive.” The B-Class concept is the latest variant of the front-drive Mercedes that may arrive on our shores in a couple years.
The Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive concept is powered by a 100 kW electric motor with 229 lb-ft of torque. Overall range is estimated to be about 124 miles and, at least in Europe, 230 and 400 V charging options will be available. Since Daimler owns a small stake in Tesla, reports have suggested the B-Class EV’s motor and battery packs will be provided by Tesla.
The concept has what Mercedes calls “Energy Space,” placing the lithium-ion battery in the floor in front of the rear axle, allowing the electric to have the same interior space as the regular B-Class cars. A production-car version of this electric B-Class is scheduled to go on sale before the end of 2014, and the U.S. market may actually be part of its international rollout. The compact B-Class Electric Drive isn’t the only EV Mercedes will be showing in Paris; the production-spec SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive and Smart Brabus Electric Drive cars will take a bow, as well.
For all the latest Paris Motor Show updates, stick with Automobile magazine. The B-Class Electric Drive concept is shown below along with the concept versions of the electric SLS AMG and Smart Brabus cars.
Source: Mercedes-Benz

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