Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new plug-in electric version of the second-generation B-class at the Paris Motor Show. The almost production-ready MPV was made with the cooperation of Tesla. It gives us a preview of the B-class Electric Drive that’s due to be offered in selected markets starting in early 2014.
This project is include in a new-product offensive of broad based zero emission models, which include the SLS Electric Drive.
It’s probable that this new car would be offered on an extended monthly lease scheme similar to the one used on the Smart Electric Drive. It will feature an electric motor positioned where the B-class’s various four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are placed.
The brushless unit has an output of 134bhp and 228lb ft torque. The motor is powered by a lithium ion battery pack but its capacity has yet to be announced.
This is attached down in the floor of the front-wheel drive B-class’s platform before the rear axle. Mercedes-Benz refers to this set-up as the Energy Space. It is claimed that the batteries offer an overall range of 200km on a full charge.
They can be charged by either plugging it in or by recuperative means while being driven. The Smart Brabus Electric Drive debuted beside the B-class Electric Drive at the Paris motor show.