Mercedes-Benz Bringing B-Class Electric Drive Concept to Paris
According to an official statement by Mercedes-Benz, “Similarly to the successful B-Class models with combustion engines, the battery-powered Concept B-Class Electric Drive also combines a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience with full suitability for everyday and family use [. . .] The so-called Energy Space in the floor of the vehicle in front of the rear axle ensures that the concept vehicle offers the same generous and variable space inside as the current series production models. The Energy Space provides a safe and space-saving means of accommodating the powerful lithium-ion battery which also has a positive effect on the vehicle’s centre of gravity.”
The concept is powered by a 135 hp electric motor, and has a maximum range of almost 200 km (124 miles), drawing juice from a battery pack of unknown capacity.
autoevolution will be attending the Paris Motor Show 2012, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.